Language Teaching, Learning and Technology (LTLT 2015)

Leipzig, Germany
September 4, 2015

A Mobile Vocabulary Acquisition Application for Health Science Students: A Proposed Study

Ilana Wilken (1), Febe de Wet (1), Elsabé Taljard (2)

(1) Human Language Technology Research Group, Meraka Institute, CSIR, Pretoria, South Africa
(2) Department of African Languages, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Communication plays a vital role in everyday life and in some situations multilingual communication is a necessity. The South African constitution recognises 11 official languages. Multilingual communication therefore occurs almost everywhere, like at hospitals and in clinics. When the need arises for someone (who does not speak a global language like English) to seek medical attention in South Africa, it becomes a challenge to find a health practitioner that speaks their first language. This study aims to develop and evaluate the use of a mobile application designed for supplementary Northern Sotho language learning by health science students. Index Terms: mobile-assisted language learning, humancomputer interaction, user experience

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Bibliographic reference.  Wilken, Ilana / Wet, Febe de / Taljard, Elsabé (2015): "A mobile vocabulary acquisition application for health science students: a proposed study", In LTLT-2015, 20-24.