MultiPod: a Multi Linguistic Word Learning System
Based on iPods
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Hasegawa, Kazunori, Satoko Amemiya, Keiichi Kaneko
Haruko Miyakoda, Wataru Tsukahara
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Introduction Learning material made by learner
In this system, the learners can participate in making the learning material.
• 3 crucial conditions for effective and efficient language learning (Willis 1996)
1. exposure to the target language
2. use of the language
3. motivation in learning the language
• Multimedia technology can effectively assist language learning (Pennington 1996) The learner takes a short movie or the still picture.
MultiPod is an educational foreign word learning system which is based on the
iPods. The user can easily make learning materials of short movie by themselves. The movie/picture is fed to the system.
Also, they can download materials from web database that they want to learn.
Reference 1. The user enters the spelling, the
The learners can learn foreign words at any time and anyplace by transferring button
their materials to their iPods via iTunes. meaning of the word and the
Spelling movie/still image file path. Then,
the user can refer to a file from the
2. When the user clicks the conversion
button, the system begins to make
Movie/still learning materials.
Screen of generation material Conversion
Make material button
A learning material consists of a 5 second movie/still image, text data and sound
Download material iTunes data. During the five seconds, the pronunciation of the word is repeated twice,
User User and the spelling and the meaning of the word are displayed as subtitles.
Movie/still image Spelling ＆ Meaning Pronunciation Learning Material
User iPod Meaning
0 5sec Example of learning materials
Outline of MultiPod
Why use iPods?
Portability & Mobility
The users can share their materials
• easy to carry among the users by registering them to
• learning materials may be replayed as many times as necessary the Web database. The users also can
• easier for learners to create own learning materials compared to other media evaluate the contents created by others.
• movies can be used as learning materials
cf. experiment by Al-Seghayer 2001
video clips + text explanation vs. pictures + text explanation
result: using video clips had better effect on learning
Screen of web database
Evaluation experiment and result Concluding remarks
We conducted an evaluation experiment in order to evaluate the effectiveness of MultiPod. We developed the educational foreign word learning system,
1. Exposure to L2 made easier
• 10 subjects in our university 2. Motivation in learning maintained
• 10 words 3. Extensive learner-centered task made possible
• Learning materials created by the subjects
(2 words) The test result proved that the self-produced learning materials
• Learning materials created by others(8 words) are effective in retaining the meaning of the foreign words.
• Translating the English words into Japanese.
This study is partly supported by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,
Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan. It is also partly supported by MEXT Fund for Promoting Research on Symbiotic Information