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Books, pictures and conversations: using bilingual multimedia storybooks to develop language awareness

Edwards, Viv; Monaghan, Frank and Knight, John (2000). Books, pictures and conversations: using bilingual multimedia storybooks to develop language awareness. Language Awareness, 9(3) pp. 135–146.

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The advent of multimedia technology providesmany new opportunities for accelerating learning in a range of situations, including language teaching. This paper describes the work of Fabula, a multinational, multidisciplinary project funded by the European Commission. It focuses, in particular, on the evaluation of a bilingual multimedia storybook with primary school children (aged 6–10) in both Welsh- and English-medium settings in South Wales. It explores interesting insights on language preferences, learning strategies, and hypotheses about the way that language works through the spontaneous comments offered by pairs of children using the software. It locates the use of multimedia technology in research on language awareness, and argues for the positive effects and potential of such resources.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2000 V. Edwards et al.
ISSN: 1747-7565
Keywords: Fabula; bilingual; multimedia; primary; language awareness; language preference; learning strategies
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 28836
Depositing User: Frank Monaghan
Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 14:47
Last Modified: 27 May 2011 03:50
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