Game-based vocabulary learning in Hong Kong: Students’ perceptions, attitudes and expectations of a game-mediated vocabulary learning APP

Lucas KOHNKE, Di ZOU, Fu Lee WANG, Haoran XIE

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Abstract

The presented research discusses students’ perceptions, attitudes and expectations of a game-mediated vocabulary app. Throughout the development of the mobile app, continuous focus group interviews with students were held. The collected data were coded and analysed to identify common features or points mentioned by the students. The results showed that students highly value features like the story plot, graphic, vocabulary list and types of definitions for the design of vocabulary learning APPs. Based on these findings, the APP was further improved by adding synonyms, sentence contexts and extended definitions of the words. Our followed-up interviews indicated that students rated the improved version of the APP higher than the preliminary one. Such findings are consistent with Zou’s (2016, 2017) arguments that the availability of various aspects of word knowledge are conducive to effective word learning as it promotes greater degree of elaboration on the target vocabulary. Copyright © 2018 individual authors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Conference on Technology in Education 2018
EditorsJeanne LAM, Kam Cheong LI, Kim MAK, Fu Lee WANG, Kat LEUNG, Ivan Ka-wai LAI
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherCaritas Institute of Higher Education
Pages56-62
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Kohnke, L., Zou, D., Wang, F. L., & Xie, H. (2018). Game-based vocabulary learning in Hong Kong: Students’ perceptions, attitudes and expectations of a game-mediated vocabulary learning APP. In J. Lam et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of International Conference on Technology in Education 2018 (pp. 56-62). Hong Kong: Caritas Institute of Higher Education.

Keywords

  • Game-based vocabulary learning
  • Word learning APPs
  • Degree of elaboration