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ERIC Number: EJ1131450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Images as a Resource for Supporting Vocabulary Learning: A Multimodal Analysis of Thai EFL Tablet Apps for Primary School Children
Vungthong, Sompatu; Djonov, Emilia; Torr, Jane
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v51 n1 p32-58 Mar 2017
In 2011, the Thai government introduced a national project, One Tablet per Child (OTPC), with the aim of supporting students' learning in the digital world. The project commenced with Grade 1 in 2012 and Grade 2 in 2013. The applications embedded in the OTPC tablet given to each child feature multimedia teaching applications (apps) on various subjects, including English as a foreign language (EFL). Using the Grade 1 and 2 English apps as a case study, this article investigates how one section of the apps (song videos) uses images and language to create meaning and considers the potential of visual-verbal relations to support vocabulary teaching and learning. The article concludes with a discussion of related pedagogical implications for the use and design of EFL materials integrated into multimedia technologies: the critical role of teachers in guiding EFL learners' use of such materials, the need for an increased awareness of the potential and limitations of images and visual-verbal relations to support EFL teaching and learning, and understanding the relationship between the multimodal design of EFL materials and related learning outcomes at different stages of EFL learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand
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