Multimedia and Situated Language Learning

O.O. Adesope and J. McCracken (Canada)


Multimedia, Situated Learning, Language Learning, and Instructional Principles


Until recently language learning was considered an intellectual exercise for the well educated with little emphasis on communication with others [1]. In recent years, language learning has moved beyond the rule of grammar and structure of the language to developing communicative competence. The advent of technologies has greatly benefited this more sophisticated form of language learning. However, there is still a need for instructional design principles and theories to be applied to the development of language learning software so that learners can benefit even further from these technologies. Proper knowledge and application of design theories will take language learning to a higher level and make learning `fun' for students. Situated cognition and cognitive apprenticeship as well as multimedia learning principles will inform the design of better language learning software [2] ,[3]. This paper attempts to demonstrate the potential impact of multimedia and these theoretical constructs in the development of language learning software through the description of a prototype system for learning Yoruba language.

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