SpatialEase: Learning Language through Body Motion

Darren Edge, Kai-Yin Cheng, and Michael Whitney

Abstract

Games that engage both mind and body by targeting users’ kinesthetic intelligence have the potential to transform the activity of learning across a wide variety of domains. To investigate this potential in the context of second language learning, we have developed SpatialEase: a Kinect game for the body-based learning of language that is grounded in space and motion. In this game, learners respond to audio commands in the second language by moving their bodies in space, while a game mechanic based on distributed cued-recall supports learning over time. Our comparison of SpatialEase with the popular Rosetta Stone software for learner of Mandarin Chinese showed similar learning gains over a single session and generated several key implications for the future design of mixed-modality learning systems.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inCHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Information Systems
PublisherACM
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