Learning Arabic through play games on tabletop surface computers in early childhood

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos*, Zeinab Ibrahim, Andreas Karatsolis

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Abstract

This paper presents the use of educational games in the context of the “Arabiyyatii” research project, a three-year project funded through Qatar National Research Fund. The scope of the project is teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to kindergarten students (5-6 years old) that are native speakers of the Qatari dialect. Part of the new curriculum envisioned in the project includes the use of simple educational games, specifically designed and developed for tabletop surface computers. The paper presents a naturalistic study design, following the activities of 18 students for a period of 9 weeks in the project. The paper presents three of the most played games by the students, along with analysis on collected data, focusing on students’ performance and attitudes towards the new curriculum. Results analysis provided an encouraging image, suggesting that the conducted activity was able to increase students’ engagement in language learning, increase their exposure to MSA, and develop their vocabulary.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Supported Education - 7th International Conference, CSEDU 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJames Uhomoibhi, Maria Teresa Restivo, Susan Zvacek, Markus Helfert
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages208-224
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783319295848
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 23 May 201525 May 2015
Conference number: 7
http://www.csedu.org/?y=2015

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume583
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2015
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2015
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period23/05/1525/05/15
Internet address

Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Educational games
  • Language learning
  • Modern standard arabic
  • Tabletop surface computer

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    Papadopoulos, P. M., Ibrahim, Z., & Karatsolis, A. (2016). Learning Arabic through play games on tabletop surface computers in early childhood. In J. Uhomoibhi, M. T. Restivo, S. Zvacek, & M. Helfert (Eds.), Computer Supported Education - 7th International Conference, CSEDU 2015, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 208-224). (Communications in Computer and Information Science; Vol. 583). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29585-5_12