Supporting Primary School Students in learning a new language at school
Research based at The University of Hong Kong, Waseda University and Seinan Gakuin University Seeks to:
Support primary school students in developing critical foreign language skills
Develop mobile software solutions for classroom learning
Clarify how students might best learn a new language at school
Current steps towards these aims:
1. Pilot research in Japanese classrooms:
Nakao, K., Oga-Baldwin, W. L. Q., & Fryer, L. K. (2022, Fall). Phonemic awareness as fundamental listening skill: A cross-sectional, cohort study of elementary foreign language learners. Asia Tefl.
Oga-Baldwin, W. L. Q, Nakao, K., Fryer, L. K., & Shum, A. (2022) Development of a smart application for phonological testing in elementary schools: The building blocks of an adaptive test. Poster presented at the 21st International CALL Research Conference, Tokyo, Japan. July 8–10.
Nakao, K., Oga-Baldwin, W. L., & Fryer, L. K. (under review). Developing phoneme-grapheme recognition in English as a foreign language: A longitudinal study at Japanese primary school.
Ongoing steps towards these aims:
1. Testing and refining Building Blocks mobile platform for assessing and support students' phonemic awareness