Design, implementation and evaluation of a technical platform that supports spanish speaking children with intellectual disabilities learn english as a second language

Luis Rojas, Katrina Sorbello, Patricia Contreras, Juan Felipe Calderon

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Abstract

Recent Chilean legislation established a curriculum focused on children with cognitive deficits, adapting the original English curriculum to a specialized one that can be used in Special Education Needs (SEN) schools. However, currently, Chilean SEN schools are not making use of these methods to support students to learn a new language such as English. Furthermore, the research of similar mobile applications available indicated a focus on native English speaking children with intellectual disabilities, however, did not support Spanish speaking children. Therefore, this study was created to observe the impact of mobile activities in English language instruction in the setting of a Chilean SEN school. The proposed solution was designed, developed, and implemented in conjunction with specialist teachers. Prototypes of the mobile application were installed on tablets specifically for this study and deployed in an experimental group. Students were assigned to two groups, control and experimental, where the same pre and post-tests were conducted. This included activities such as writing an English word from the image displayed, matching an image with the associated English word, and completing the missing letters of an English word (which was proven to be the most difficult activity). This experiment resulted in a significant impact on the learning achieved in the experimental group. The Cohen D resulted in 0.92 with a p-value of <0.001. Furthermore, the analysis of the standard deviation of time usage in each activity provided insights into the difficulty levels supporting modifications of future activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Computing and Social Media
Subtitle of host publicationApplications in Marketing, Learning, and Health - 13th International Conference, SCSM 2021, Held as Part of the 23rd HCI International Conference, HCII 2021, Proceedings
EditorsGabriele Meiselwitz
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages257-269
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030776848
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event13th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media, SCSM 2021, held as part of the 23rd International Conference, HCI International 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 24 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12775 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Social Computing and Social Media, SCSM 2021, held as part of the 23rd International Conference, HCI International 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period24/07/2129/07/21

Keywords

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Learn english
  • Second language
  • Special Education Needs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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