Scaffolding Successful Mobile Experiences for Frontline ESL Workers: An Exploratory Study

Anne O'Bryan, Lily Compton, Juan David Gutiérrez, Thais Payne


This 10-week exploratory study investigates the use of a mobile language learning app, Babbel, by 10 ESL front-line employees and 4 managers and native English-speaking employees at a Fortune 500 company. We focused on the participants’ motivations for using the language learning app and the challenges that they faced. Three key thematic findings were convenience of access, instrumental motivation, and state communicative self-confidence, while challenges included technological literacy and accountability. Recommendations emphasize the importance of onboarding procedures for those with low technological literacy, continual support from a community of practice, and management participation.


English as a second language; mobile-assisted language learning; workplace language learning

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International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC) – ISSN: 1867-5565
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