Introduction: Learning English is essential in today´s world and the learning process goes beyond the mastery of the four basic skills; it requires the learner to have a significant vocabulary range in order to perform efficiently in a given area. At the Universidad Central «Marta Abreu» de Las Villas the Preparatory course students face some limitations concerning vocabulary, evidenced in some communication breakdowns when communicating in English.

Objective: The purpose of this research is to propose the creation of an app to broaden students’ vocabulary to foster students’ fluency when communicating in English.

Methodology: A qualitative methodology was used in the study including some methods from the theoretical, empirical and mathematical level.

Results: It was evidenced that students’ lack of vocabulary is due to the fact that some topics are taught in all the skills and hence the vocabulary is more consolidated while others are dealt in only one skill resulting in poor systematization. Therefore, it was necessary to design an app for the cell phones to provide the vocabulary in those topics and skills that students need for communicating efficiently.

Biografía del autor/a

Juana Idania Pérez-Morales, Universidad Central «Marta Abreu» de Las Villas (institutional with national scope)

Full Professor of the English Language Department at the Universidad Central «Marta Abreu» de Las Villas. PhD in Pedagogical Sciences. Participates in the research projects: “Cuban and Latin-American identity and studies on Humanities in the central region of Cuba” (national scope) and in the Project “Learning Assessment for the development of English communicative language skills of students