Haruko Miyakoda

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Although awareness of the underlying phonological structure of a language is said to be a prerequisite in learning to read, there is still much debate as to which phonological units are the best predictors. The syllable plays an important role in accounting for various phonological phenomena observed cross-linguistically, and studies have shown its(More)
In this paper, we recapitulate the history of hacking the SIGMA system, an autonomous and collaborative vocabulary learning system, over five years. The results obtained from various evaluation experiments have shown that (1) the vocabulary learning materials created by the SIGMA system are effective in enhancing vocabulary attainment; (2) the materials(More)
According to previous studies, visual data help to enhance vocabulary learning in a foreign language (e.g. Yeh and Wang 2003). However, it is not easy to create visual data for all lexical items. Particularly, we encounter problems when dealing with abstract words. In this paper, we report on two experiments that tested the learning effects of four types of(More)
Mobile learning is suitable for vocabulary learning in foreign language acquirement. We have verified the effectiveness of short movie materials of about 5-second movies for foreign vocabulary learning. In a preliminary experiment, we observed a problem that for the foreign words corresponding to concrete concepts, (e.g. an apple), learners were able to(More)
When we learn a vocabulary, memorizing words with their corresponding images and pronunciations is more effective than memorizing them with only the texts of their spellings and meanings. But, unfortunately, it is arduous for some specific instructors to prepare a large amount of learning materials by combining movies and sounds. Hence, in our research(More)