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Does Word Coach Coach Words?


Does Word Coach Coach Words?

Horst, Marlise and Cobb, Tom (2011) Does Word Coach Coach Words? CALICO Journal, 28 (3). pp. 639-661. ISSN 0742-7778

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This study reports on the design and testing of an integrated suite of vocabulary training
games for Nintendo™ collectively designated My Word Coach (Ubisoft, 2008). The games’ design is based on a wide range of learning research, from classic studies on
recycling patterns to frequency studies of modern corpora. Its general usage and learning effects were tested over a four-month period, with fifty age and level appropriate
Francophone English as a second language learners in a Montreal school. A battery of observational and empirical tests tracked experimental and quasi-control groups’ lexical development on the dimensions of form recognition, meaning recognition,free production, and speed of lexical access, as well as features of game use. Two months’ gaming coincided with gains in recognition vocabulary normally achieved in one to two years, longer oral productions, reduced code switching, and increased speed of lexical access. Further questions are raised about the prior knowledge Word Coach assumes, the importance of post-game follow up, and the future of commercial gaming in language learning.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Item Type:Article
Authors:Horst, Marlise and Cobb, Tom
Journal or Publication:CALICO Journal
Date:May 2011
ID Code:36107
Deposited On:28 Nov 2011 18:42
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:36
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