EFL Students' Strategies for Learning Academic Vocabulary with Mobile Phones at Van Lang University in Vietnam





EFL students, academic vocabulary, AWL app


This research has investigated how EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students use mobile applications to learn academic vocabulary in a self-directed and autonomous manner. Forty first-year students at Van Lang University taking part in the research process were divided into experimental (N=18) and control (N=22) groups. The experimental group utilized a mobile app throughout the semester, whereas those in the control group used traditional methods. Three final tests every semester were used to check the participants' newly gained vocabulary knowledge. The findings revealed that the students in both groups could enhance their vocabulary proficiency. Nevertheless, the experimental group achieved better results in all three final tests. Moreover, this group also saved significant time when using the phone to support vocabulary learning, while the control group gave unstable test results. The findings demonstrate the potential of mobile apps for independent academic vocabulary acquisition and provide impacts on EFL vocabulary learning.

Author Biographies

Ngo Thi Cam Thuy, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Vietnam

Ms. Ngo Thi Cam Thuy, M.A. and doctoral candidate in TESOL, is a lecturer at Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City. She has had more than 25 years teaching English-majoring students. Her main interests include Professional  Development,  Methodology,  Learner  Autonomy,  Language  Assessment, and Emotion Regulation.

Doan Le Anh Thu, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Vietnam

Doan Le Anh Thu is a graduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, discusses the difficulties of developing language skills by using the mobile app, as well as students' attitudes on language learning and its effects on student achievement. The Faculty of Foreign Languages at Van Lang University is where she is currently conducting her research.


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How to Cite

Ngo, T. C. T., & Doan, L. A. T. (2023). EFL Students’ Strategies for Learning Academic Vocabulary with Mobile Phones at Van Lang University in Vietnam. International Journal of Language Instruction, 2(4), 19–42. https://doi.org/10.54855/ijli.23242



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