Mobile Assisted Language Learning (Mall): Trends from 2010 to 2020 Using Text Analysis Techniques.

Panagiotis Arvanitis and Penelopi Krystalli
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


In the decade of 2010-2020, the widespread use of mobile devices of any type (smartphones, tablets) has encouraged and strengthened their use in different learning processes and in different ways. Latest improvements in devices’ processing power, in storage capacity, in memory allocation, in wireless connectivity, in GPS and in Bluetooth capabilities, has led their wider integration and smoother use in the field of learning and in the field of language learning as well. This study examined the decade 2010-2020 trends of a large number of academic articles in Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL) using text analysis techniques and tools. Three hundred and forty (340) journal articles and conferences proceedings papers were retrieved and analyzed by their title and topic. The analysis presents the main characteristics and the research trends of this decade and discuss how the field of mobile assisted language learning has evolved in these years. Based on the results of this study, we propose some directions for future research in the field of MALL.