Children's perspectives on the use of robotics for second language learning in the early years of primary education: a pilot study
Item Type:Conference Paper
Citation:Nic Réamoinn, S. & Devitt, A., Children's perspectives on the use of robotics for second language learning in the early years of primary education: a pilot study, CALL and complexity ? short papers from EUROCALL 2019, Eurocall, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 28-31 August 2019, Fanny Meunier, Julie Van de Vyver, Linda Bradley, and Sylvie Thou?sny, Research-publishing.net, 2019, 321 - 326
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This paper explores how floor programmable robotics can be used during play to promote language development. This paper describes a two-day pilot in two early years classrooms and presents data collected on children’s perception of the Irish language and using robotics. A sample of 48 children (age range six to seven years) took part in a robotics activity using a bee-shaped robot, called Beebot. The activity was orientated around the children’s second language, Irish. The children took part in a questionnaire before and after the activity about the language and the use of the robot in promoting their use of the language. Data was also collected through video, photos, a focus group, and the teacher’s observations. The main finding of the pilot study was an increase in children’s positive responses towards using the language when integrated into a robotics play activity.
Other Titles:CALL and complexity ? short papers from EUROCALL 2019
Type of material:Conference Paper
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