The French kitchen : task-based learning in an instrumented kitchen

Hooper, Claire J., Preston, Anne, Balaam, Madeline, Seedhouse, Paul, Jackson, Daniel, Pham, Cuong, Ladha, Cassim, Ladha, Karim, Plötz, Thomas and Olivier, Patrick (2012) The French kitchen : task-based learning in an instrumented kitchen. In: 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing: Ubicomp 2012; 05-08 Sep 2012, Pittsburg, U.S..

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Ubiquitous computing technologies have traditionally striven to augment objects and the environment with sensing capabilities to enable them to respond appropriately to the needs of the individuals in the environment. This paper considers how such technologies might be harnessed to support language learning, and specifically Task-Based Learning (TBL). Task-Based Learning (TBL) involves doing meaningful tasks in a foreign language, emphasising the language’s use in practice. TBL is seen as a highly engaging and motivating approach to learning a language, but is difficult to do in the classroom. Here, learners typically engage in activities that only simulate ‘real-world’ tasks, and as such only rehearse language use, rather than applying the language in practice. In this paper, we explore how an instrumented, context-aware environment whose design is grounded in pedagogical principles can support TBL. We present the French Kitchen, an instrumented kitchen for English speakers who are learning French, and describe a 46- participant evaluation of the kitchen. Based on the evaluation, we provide a set of design recommendations for those building instrumented systems for TBL.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing: Ubicomp 2012
Organising Body: ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
Additional Information: This paper was published in Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 2012. ISBN: 9781450312240 This work was funded by the Digital Economy Programme's “Language Learning in the Wild” (EP/ H043012/1) project and the “Inclusion through the Digital Economy” (EP/ G066019/1) research hub. The Digital Economy Programme is a Research Councils UK cross council initiative led by EPSRC and contributed to by AHRC, ESRC, and MRC.
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Interdepartmental and Cross-Faculty Research Groups and Centres (until 2017)
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Depositing User: Anne Preston
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 12:22
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 17:17

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