A Language Learning System utilizing RFID Technology for Total Physical Response Activities

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Editing A Language Learning System utilizing RFID Technology for Total Physical Response Activities
Authors: Kashigawi et Al.
Category: Technology


Summary

  • Designed and Developed a method of integrating a CALL system with RFID tags in a classroom for support to listening activities based on the concept of Total Physical Response (TPR)
  • TPR: Method in which language teachers first provide a command in the target language and then perform the action with the student(s). Students learn not only by observing actions but also by performing the same actions.
  • Prototype uses convoluted system based on Java, Threads and Javascript.
  • Objects and questions cards were tagged with RFID and the prototype consisted in answering questions, using real objects. Two prototypes were used: One with detailed feedback and one with not
  • Results
    • System was rated as easy to use.
    • Detailed feedback was preferred.

Details

The TPR approach is a method in which teachers first provide a command in the target language and then perform the corresponding action with the students. In this manner, the students learn not only by observing actions bit also by performing them.

When creating listening exercises, it is necessary to consider the variation in the question sentence patterns and the difficulty level or complexity of the questions.

The flow of instructions for this system is:

  1. Objects are placed on the table
  2. A question is read out
  3. An appropriate response is chosen by the learner
  4. The answer is checked
    1. If it is correct answer
      1. A message showing the correct answer is displayed
      2. Next question (back to numeral 1)
    2. If the answer is wrong
      1. An error message is displayed, followed by additional questions, depending on the learner's error level.
      2. An appropriate object is chosen by the learner (Back to item 4.2.1)



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