Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd (SLE) is collaborating with a team of language experts, educational technologists and computer games designers at the University to develop innovative technology for children to learn and practise foreign languages.
The aim of the ‘L-Mo’ (Language — Mobile) project is to make language learning fun and effective, by applying current practice in mobile games development to the teaching of vocabulary and grammar on handheld devices. Education experts have found that young children who learn through patterns, rhythms and games generally do better — and enjoy the experience more — than those who learn through traditional methods.
SLE, based in Oxford, has funded the first stage of the project.
Teams from the University’s Learning Sciences Research Institute (LSRI) and SLE will combine their knowledge of handheld games, mobile learning, child language development, and language technology to add to children’s enjoyment of learning a new language.
The research is targeted at children aged seven to 12, living in Asia, who are learning English as a second language.
Professor Mike Sharples, Director of the LSRI, said: “Mobile technology offers children personal and engaging ways to learn languages. Our partnership with Sharp combines our expertise in mobile learning and educational gaming with their world-leading technology for handheld devices.”
Dr Phil Edmonds, Research Scientist at SLE, said: “There is a real opportunity to significantly improve and support language education by creating intelligent, adaptive, and engaging technologies for learning on personal mobile devices. SLE and the LSRI are taking the first steps together.”
The Learning Sciences Research Institute has more than 40 staff involved in studies of all the complex processes involved in human learning, with a particular focus on how new and emerging technologies can be used to enhance learning. The LSRI brings together expertise from staff in the School of Computer Science and IT, the School of Education and the School of Psychology.
Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd is a research centre for consumer electronics. It creates new technology in liquid crystal displays, semi-conductor lasers, language and encryption software and consumer bio-science. It is part of a global network of Sharp Laboratories owned by Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics.
For more information about SLE, visit http://www.sle.sharp.co.uk
Camera technology in vehicles: Low-latency image data compression
22.02.2018 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, HHI
Developing reliable quantum computers
22.02.2018 | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau
Quantum computers may one day solve algorithmic problems which even the biggest supercomputers today can’t manage. But how do you test a quantum computer to...
For the first time, a team of researchers at the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany, has succeeded in making an integrated circuit (IC) from just a monolayer of a semiconducting polymer via a bottom-up, self-assembly approach.
In the self-assembly process, the semiconducting polymer arranges itself into an ordered monolayer in a transistor. The transistors are binary switches used...
Breakthrough provides a new concept of the design of molecular motors, sensors and electricity generators at nanoscale
Researchers from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the CAS (IOCB Prague), Institute of Physics of the CAS (IP CAS) and Palacký University...
For photographers and scientists, lenses are lifesavers. They reflect and refract light, making possible the imaging systems that drive discovery through the microscope and preserve history through cameras.
But today's glass-based lenses are bulky and resist miniaturization. Next-generation technologies, such as ultrathin cameras or tiny microscopes, require...
Scientists from the University of Zurich have succeeded for the first time in tracking individual stem cells and their neuronal progeny over months within the intact adult brain. This study sheds light on how new neurons are produced throughout life.
The generation of new nerve cells was once thought to taper off at the end of embryonic development. However, recent research has shown that the adult brain...
15.02.2018 | Event News
13.02.2018 | Event News
12.02.2018 | Event News
22.02.2018 | Business and Finance
22.02.2018 | Health and Medicine
22.02.2018 | Life Sciences