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Title: Using cell phones to improve language skills: the Hadeda project
Authors: Butgereit, L
Botha, A
Van Niekerk, D
Keywords: Hadeda project
Languagae skills
Mobile phones
Cell phones
Cell phone midlet
AFRICOMM 2009
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: AFRICOMM 2009
Citation: Butgereit, L, Botha, A and Van Niekerk, D. 2009. Using cell phones to improve language skills: the Hadeda project. 1st International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM 2009), Maputo, Mozambique, 3-4 December 2009, pp 1-11
Abstract: Language skills are essential for education and economic development. Many countries (especially in Africa) have more than one official language and even more unofficial languages. Being able to express oneself effectively in the written word is required for tertiary education. Unfortunately, cell phones are often blamed for the degradation of language skills. There have been many studies blaming cell phone usage and instant messaging as being responsible for the lack of language skills of children, teenagers, and young adults. Hadeda is a facility where teachers and parents can create spelling lists for pupils and children using either a cell phone or an internet based workstation. Hadeda then generates a fun and enjoyable cell phone midlet (computer program) which pupils and children can download onto their personal cell phone. Hadeda pronounces the words with electronic voices and the pupils and children can then practice their spelling on a medium they enjoy.
Description: 1st International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries (AFRICOMM 2009), Maputo, Mozambique, 3-4 December 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3931
ISBN: 978-963-9799-85-1
Appears in Collections:Human language technologies
ICT in education, youth, gender
General science, engineering & technology

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