Design and Development of a Web Extension to Help Facilitate the Learning of a Foreign Language
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Editors: Stephanidis, C., Harris, D., Li, W.-C., Schmorrow, D.D., Fidopiastis, C.M., Zaphiris, P., Ioannou, A., Fang, X., Sottilare, R.A. and Schwarz, J.
Journal: HCI (43)
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Journal: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume: 12425 LNCS
© 2020, Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Learning a foreign language is a time consuming task that requires perseverance, commitment and hard work. The time required to learn a foreign language can range from hundreds to thousands of hours, depending on the language being learnt and the native language of the learner. Two major barriers to learning a language are lack of motivation and time. Spending increasing amounts of time online also has a detrimental effect on learning a language. The global digital language learning industry is growing and the market has more than doubled in size in the last decade due to the world becoming increasingly interconnected. There is a need to provide users with a web browser extension that is both interactive and continuous for learning a language. This paper presents the design and development of a web browser extension that will help facilitate the learning of foreign languages. The web extension overrides the default content when either a new tab or window is opened with interactive language learning material. The web extension is compatible with the desktop version of the Chrome web browser. Each time a new tab or window is opened, a range of language learning material are presented at random, which can be read, understood and completed in 30 s or less with immediate feedback. Overriding the web browser’s functionality ensures the user is exposed to language learning material.