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I-Eng: A Toy for Second-Language Learning

Issue: XXIII.1 January + February 2016
Page: 8
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Hayeon Jeong, Daniel Saakes, Uichin Lee

I-Eng is an interactive toy set that aims to teach new languages to young children between the ages of three and five. The toy consists of a talking plush doll that interacts with tagged objects. The doll speaks sentences related to nearby objects and, depending on the context, can ask the child for other related objects. This allows children to practice both active and passive vocabulary. Through interaction with these tangible objects, an unscripted narrative unfolds. Children are thus naturally exposed to the foreign language and can have a playful "learning by doing" experience.

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Jeong, H., Saakes, D.P., Lee, U. I-Eng: An interactive toy for second language learning. Adjunct Proc. of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing. ACM, New York, 2015.

Hayeon Jeong, KAIST,
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Daniel Saakes, KAIST

Uichin Lee, KAIST