Vocabulary Improvement by Using Smart Mobile Application—A Pilot Study

  • Petra PolákováEmail author
  • Blanka Klímová
  • Pavel Pražák
Part of the Studies in Systems, Decision and Control book series (SSDC, volume 295)


The aim of this study is to explore the usefulness of smart mobile application in the process of English language learning with special focus on vocabulary acquisition. As vocabulary learning is considered to be a boring, difficult and long process, it is beneficial to transform it into an easy, practical, and pleasurable experience, which can be achieved by using technology. Recently, mobile devices have become an essential part of our everyday life. Regarding this, it is reasonable to incorporate them into the learning process, including language learning. The current pilot study describes an experiment dealing with using a smart vocabulary learning mobile application in the process of vocabulary improvement. The results show the main differences between the experimental group (using mobile devices) and the control group (exposed to the traditional methods of vocabulary learning and given the vocabulary summary through using an electronic notice board).


Vocabulary Vocabulary acquisition Blended learning Mobile assisted language learning Mobile application 



This study is supported by the SPEV project 2020, run at the Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. The authors thank Ales Berger for his help with the data collection.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Poláková
    • 1
    Email author
  • Blanka Klímová
    • 2
  • Pavel Pražák
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Language Pedagogy and Intercultural StudiesConstantine the Philosopher University in NitraNitraSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Informatics and ManagementUniversity of Hradec KrálovéHradec KrálovéCzech Republic
  3. 3.Department of Informatics and Quantitative Methods, Faculty of Informatics and ManagementUniversity of Hradec KrálovéHradec KrálovéCzech Republic

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