Digital learning programs are advantageous to all language learners and more so for the educationally disadvantages learners. For those with strong background in language learning or those autonomous learners, it will help accelerate their learning journey by allowing them access to materials and tools to achieve their individual targets.
For those educationally disadvantaged learners, technology-enhanced learning programs also allow them access to materials that are tailored to their needs and pace of learning. Such materials can help learners with their emergent writing skills. Programs such as yours (language learning app „Einstieg Deutsch“) given them access to phrases and dialogues that enhance their ability to meet their immediate needs to communicate in everyday life. We should not also forget that a rudimentary knowledge of IT/technology will help them with their lives where technology is a basic part of everyday living. People with no or limited IT skills are narrowing their employment opportunities
Most refugees, even those illiterate ones, know how to use smart phones, at least the basic features. Some refugees with limited or no education background have navigated their way around Europe using apps on their mobile phones; these include GPS apps and also translation and interpreting apps. The journeys have had considerable impact on the refugees’ linguistic abilities but much more on their problem solving abilities which, utilized appropriately, could lead to autonomous language learners.
In my view, survival is one of the main reasons why refugees learn the language of the country they are stranded in. They will have to communicate to survive. What they end up doing is memorizing phrases and utterances as chunks and using them to meet their immediate needs.
What we need is more research into how practitioners, material designers and teachers can use the knowledge and skills acquired through the journeys to enhance the learning experience of the learners.