Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Putting the fun into language learning

31.01.2007
Experts at The University of Nottingham aim to make language learning as engaging and fun as playing computer games, in a new technology project.

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

Emma Thorne | alfa
Further information:
http://www.sle.sharp.co.uk
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht Information integration and artificial intelligence for better diagnosis and therapy decisions
24.05.2017 | Fraunhofer MEVIS - Institut für Bildgestützte Medizin

nachricht World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world
18.05.2017 | RMIT University

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A quantum walk of photons

Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....

Im Focus: Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...

Im Focus: Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...

Im Focus: World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

Nano-hologram paves way for integration of 3-D holography into everyday electronics

An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday...

Im Focus: Using graphene to create quantum bits

In the race to produce a quantum computer, a number of projects are seeking a way to create quantum bits -- or qubits -- that are stable, meaning they are not much affected by changes in their environment. This normally needs highly nonlinear non-dissipative elements capable of functioning at very low temperatures.

In pursuit of this goal, researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements LPQM (STI/SB), have investigated a nonlinear graphene-based...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Marine Conservation: IASS Contributes to UN Ocean Conference in New York on 5-9 June

24.05.2017 | Event News

AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium 2017: Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises

23.05.2017 | Event News

Dortmund MST Conference presents Individualized Healthcare Solutions with micro and nanotechnology

22.05.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect

24.05.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Measured for the first time: Direction of light waves changed by quantum effect

24.05.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Marine Conservation: IASS Contributes to UN Ocean Conference in New York on 5-9 June

24.05.2017 | Event News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>