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Using tablets to facilitate authentic language learning opportunities and interactions: A case study of young isolated language learners
Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0983-6333
Umeå University.
Umeå University.
2013 (English)In: 3rd combined ALANZ & ALAA Conference, Wellington, November 27-29, 2013, 2013Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Young language learners require rich exposure to natural language input coupled with opportunities to use and practice their language skills in a range of authentic interactive contexts. Without such opportunities it has been shown that children are at greater risk of formal educational failure; home and the classroom settings have been shown to be important for children’s language growth, and lexical, syntactic and pragmatic ability. Some young language learners are isolated from the community in which the language is spoken. This can, for example, be the case for young indigenous language learners, heritage language learners, and young refugees who are often learners of these language as an additional language to the language of the community in which they are living. Young additional language learners such as these are at risk of not receiving rich language exposure, language learning opportunities and authentic language interactions in their additional languages, and at risk of not developing linguistic skills in these languages.

To investigate whether tablets facilitate authentic language learning opportunities and interactions for young isolated additional language learners an action research study was undertaken. Four isolated language learners (aged 3, 7, 9 and 11) were given iPads to communicate with their heritage language grandparents; previously Skype on stationary computers had been used. The children were free to use either the stationary computer or the iPad. The richness of the interactions increased with the iPad being embedded in the authentic interactions in a way that the stationary computer had not been. Further the children preferred the iPad and an increase in the quality and quantity of the language interactions was observed. The potential for introducing iPad to support additional language learning will be discussed, and the virtual additional language tablet pre-school outlined.

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2013.
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Specific Languages Educational Sciences
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Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59518OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59518DiVA, id: diva2:1060229
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3rd combined ALANZ & ALAA Conference, Wellington, November 27-29, 2013
Note

Ej belagd 170222

Available from: 2016-12-28 Created: 2016-12-28 Last updated: 2018-05-25Bibliographically approved

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