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An animated dictionary for hearing-impaired students in Thailand

WICHA, Santichai and SHARP, Bernadette and SUREEPHONG, Pradorn and CHAKPITAK, Nopasit and ATKINS, Anthony (2012) An animated dictionary for hearing-impaired students in Thailand. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 12 (4). pp. 234-244. ISSN 14713802

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As English increasingly becomes the international language, many ministerial and educational organisations have identified the need to improve the competence of Thai students in speaking English. While there is significant research devoted to developing software tools to support the teaching of English as a second language, they are mostly concerned with adult learners. This project focuses on addressing the need to improve the teaching of English as a second language to primary school children with hearing impairments. This paper presents the development of an educational software tool referred to as the Total Communication with Animation Dictionary (TCAD), which supports learners in the acquisition and retention of new English lexical knowledge and is based on the theoretical approaches of Total Communication and situated learning. A series of experiments was undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of the TCAD in improving vocabulary acquisition and retention. Early results are promising with increased learner engagement and performance compared with traditional approaches.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Faculty: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Computing
Depositing User: Bernadette SHARP
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 12:17
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2013 12:17
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/813

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