Mobile apps and indigenous language learning: New developments in the field of indigenous language revitalization
Winoka Rose Begay, The University of Arizona, United States
The University of Arizona . Awarded
This study focuses on the theme of technology-based Indigenous language revitalization and maintenance efforts by looking at new developments in mobile technology and how they are used within Indigenous communities for language learning and teaching. I assessed four mobile apps through the use of an evaluation rubric, online user reviews, and developer consultations. The findings from the assessments were then used to determine what essential themes are important when developing an effective and successful language application model (Appendix C), with the intention of developing a user-friendly template for use by other Indigenous communities. Three essential elements were found to be common among the four language applications assessed: (1) successful integration of interactive and digital media that provides a purposeful learning environment for the user; (2) accuracy and testing of both media and the user-interface, and; (3) successful usability and functionality of the mobile platform.
Begay, W.R. Mobile apps and indigenous language learning: New developments in the field of indigenous language revitalization. Master's thesis, The University of Arizona.
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