Mobile-assisted Language Learning Using WeChat Instant Messaging


  • Zijuan Shi Shaoyang University
  • Gaofeng Luo Shaoyang University
  • Le He Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières



English learning, mobile-assisted language learning, WeChat


China has a long-standing problem in second-language education, that is, the lack of communicative learning opportunities. This study attempts to solve the problem by introducing mobile-assisted language learning with WeChat instant messaging. WeChat is one of the most popular instant messaging applications in China. It offers five advantages for education: multi-functionality, individuality, accessibility, interactivity, and affordability. 50 students participated in a one-semester program. They were divided into two groups. One group learned English with the assistance of mobile applications (WeChat group), and the other learned English without assistance (Control group). A pre-test and a post-test were given, and the scores were analyzed. The results showed that students in the WeChat group significantly improved in English proficiency. The results suggest that mobile-assisted language learning helps to create language immersion, which effectively motivates the learners further. Therefore, mobile-assisted language learning is promising in English learning for college students.

Author Biographies

Zijuan Shi, Shaoyang University

Department of Foreign Languages

Gaofeng Luo, Shaoyang University

Key Laboratory of Information Service in Rural Southwestern Hunan

Le He, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Department of Leisure, Cultural and Tourism Studies




How to Cite

Shi, Z., Luo, G., & He, L. (2017). Mobile-assisted Language Learning Using WeChat Instant Messaging. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 12(02), pp. 16–26.