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ULearnEnglish: An open Ubiquitous System for Assisting in the English Vocabulary Learning

Version 1 : Received: 31 May 2021 / Approved: 1 June 2021 / Online: 1 June 2021 (15:24:35 CEST)

How to cite: da Silva, L.G.; Neto, E.G.D.A.; Francisco, R.; Barbosa, J.L.V.; Silva, L.A.; Leithardt, V.R.Q. ULearnEnglish: An open Ubiquitous System for Assisting in the English Vocabulary Learning. Preprints 2021, 2021060046 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0046.v1). da Silva, L.G.; Neto, E.G.D.A.; Francisco, R.; Barbosa, J.L.V.; Silva, L.A.; Leithardt, V.R.Q. ULearnEnglish: An open Ubiquitous System for Assisting in the English Vocabulary Learning. Preprints 2021, 2021060046 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202106.0046.v1).

Abstract

Language learners often face communication problems when they need to express themselves and do not have this ability. On the other hand, continuous advances in technology create new opportunities to improve second language (L2) acquisition through context-aware ubiquitous learning (CAUL) technology. Since vocabulary is the foundation of all language acquisition, this article presents the ULearnEnglish, an open-source system to allow ubiquitous English learning focused on incidental vocabulary acquisition. To evaluate the proposal, 15 learners used the system developed, and 10 answered a survey based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). Results indicate a favorable response to the use of the learner context to assist them in their learning. The ULearnEnglish achieved an acceptance of 78.66% for the perception of the utility, 96% for the perception of ease of use, 86% for user context assessment, and 88% for ubiquity. This study presented a positive response in using the location of users to assist their learning. Among the main contributions, this study demonstrates an opportunity for ubiquity use in future research in language learning. Also, furthers studies can use the source available to evolve the model and system.

Subject Areas

English vocabulary learning; Incidental vocabulary acquisition,; Context-aware ubiquitous learning,; Ubiquitous Computing; Open-source software

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