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Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Cognitive Load and Task Motivation

Luo Lan * 1
1 School of European-American Languages & Culture, Guangxi University of Foreign Languages

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Advances in Humanities Research, Vol. 1, 52-57
Published 26 December 2021. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Luo Lan. Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Cognitive Load and Task Motivation. LNEP (2021) Vol. 1: 52-57. DOI: 10.54254/2753-7048/1/ICEIPI_161.


This study explores the relationship between cognitive load and task motivation of three listening-based tasks via mobile assisted language learning (MALL). The investigation was conducted with 65 English language learners in three WeChat groups in China. A cognitive load questionnaire and a task motivation questionnaire were administered to the participants. Using a quantitative method approach to the study, we have found that the participants’ perceived low cognitive load did not necessarily have an inverse relationship with task motivation, which depended on the germane cognitive load and a balance between the intrinsic and extraneous cognitive load. Only when there was a certain amount of germane load and intrinsic cognitive load, and the amount of the intrinsic and the extraneous cognitive load was in a balance, was the task motivation predictable. This study can shed light on task designers and future research to plan and integrate a mobile language learning pedagogical framework.


task motivation, cognitive load, mobile assisted language learning


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