Task-Based Language Learning in a Real-World Digital Environment - (Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching) by Paul Seedhouse
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Book Synopsis How can you use the latest digital technology to create an environment in which people can learn European languages while performing a meaningful real-world task and experiencing the cultural aspect of learning to cook European dishes? This book explains how to do this from A to Z, covering how a real-world digital environment for language learning was designed, built and researched. The project makes language learning motivational and fun by tapping into people's interest in both cooking and technology - you can learn a language while cooking and interacting with a speaking digital kitchen. The kitchens provide spoken instructions in the foreign language on how to prepare European cuisine. Digital sensors are inserted in or attached to all the kitchen equipment and ingredients, so the digital kitchen detects what learners are doing and gives them feedback. Learners are also able to communicate with the kitchens and can ask for help via photos and videos if they don't understand any foreign language words. Based on two research grants, the book provides five research studies showing the learning experiences of users in five European countries. The book explains the principles and procedures involved in the project, enabling others to design and implement a real-world digital learning environment in the same way. It includes numerous photographs of the system in use and evidence of how and what 250 users actually learnt. Review Quotes Overall, the volume represents a valuable addition to project- and task-based research scholarship in digital settings ... Due to its innovative design and careful implementation research agenda, the volume offers insightful ideas and perspectives to those interested in using real spaces to afford foreign language learning. LINGUIST List The book presents a convincing argument for the digital kitchen concept and its expansion into new areas of study. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching The European Digital Kitchen Project manages to bring pervasive computing practices into the realm of language learning by integrating the everyday task of cooking (with real-world equipment) with language and culture learning through tasks. The chapters in the book not only build a mosaic that helps understand how people engage in a digital sensory environment, they demonstrate that experiential learning in a digital environment provides opportunities for language learning (mainly for lexical items). The project and this book open an exciting research venue into digital sensor technology and how it can be applied for cultural and language learning beyond lexical development and into different environments. BAAL Newsletter About the Author Paul Seedhouse is Professor of Educational and Applied Linguistics and School Research Director in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK. His monograph The Interactional Architecture of the Language Classroom (2004) won the Modern Languages Association of America Mildenberger Prize.



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