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Learning Prosody in a Video Game-Based Learning Approach

Department of Hispanic Philology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain
Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(3), 51; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3030051
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 2 July 2019 / Accepted: 4 July 2019 / Published: 8 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Digital game-based learning (DGbL))
With the growth in popularity of video games in our society many teachers have worked to incorporate gaming into their classroom. It is generally agreed that by adding something fun to the learning process students become more engaged and, consequently, retain more knowledge. However, although the characteristics of video games facilitate the dynamics of the educational process it is necessary to plan a pedagogical project that includes delimitation of learning goals and profile of the addressees, the conditions of application of the educational project, and the methodologies of evaluation of the learning progress. This is how we can make a real difference between gamification and video game based learning. The paper addresses the design of an educational resource for special education needs (SEN) students that aims to help teach communicative skills related to prosody. The technological choices made to support the pedagogic issues that underlie the educational product, the strategies to convert learning content into playful material, and the methodology to obtain measures of its playability and effectiveness are described. The results of the motivation test certified that the video game is useful in encouraging the users to exercise their voice and the indicators of the degree of achievement of the learning goals serve to identify the most affected prosodic skills. View Full-Text
Keywords: video game based learning; educational video games; oral communication; prosody; Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students; Down Syndrome video game based learning; educational video games; oral communication; prosody; Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students; Down Syndrome
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