Lecture Notes in Education
Psychology and Public Media

Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Cognitive Load and Task Motivation


Luo Lan * 1

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

Corresponding Author

Luo Lan


task motivation, cognitive load, mobile assisted language learning


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.


Luo Lan. Mobile Assisted Language Learning: Cognitive Load and Task Motivation. LNEP (2021) LNEP ICEIPI 2021: 52-57. DOI: 10.54254/lnep.iceipi.2021161.


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