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ERIC Number: EJ1057792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1560-4292
A Virtual Space for Children to Meet and Practice Chinese
Si, Mei
International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, v25 n2 p271-290 Jun 2015
Second language acquisition after the students have learned their first language is a unique process. One major difference between learning a foreign language and one's mother tongue is that second language learning is often facilitated with digital media, and in particular, through interacting with computers. This project is aimed at leveraging computer game technologies and Microsoft Kinect camera to create virtual learning environments suitable for children to practice their language and culture skills. We present a unique virtual environment that contextualizes the practice and engages the learners with narratives, encourages group work and leverages the power of embodied cognition in language learning. Our system has been deployed in an afterschool program for children from 6 to 8 years old. We report our evaluation results and reflections on the deployment process, followed by discussion and future work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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