Learning phrase-level vocabulary in second language using pictures/gestures and voice

Abstract

Earlier works has explored that a foreign language can be learnt from pictures than merely using native language word translations. These efforts on language learning using pictures were limited to colors, animals, birds, vehicles and common noun categories. In this paper, we present our research that learning of verbs is also possible by using right set of pictures and gestures, and we show that this is effective in second language learning. We report the acquisition of words in tourist domain in a second language by working with subjects who are between 14 and 48 years of age. From pre-learning and post-learning evaluations, we show that acquisition of vocabulary like nouns and verbs in a new language is better with the fusion of pictures and voice. We also show the subjects are able to generalize their learning towards phrase-level vocabulary without any additional training and efforts.

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@inproceedings{Prahallad2017LearningPV, title={Learning phrase-level vocabulary in second language using pictures/gestures and voice}, author={Lavanya Prahallad and Radhika Mamidi}, year={2017} }