The French Kitchen: Task-Based Learning in an Instrumented Kitchen (2012)

Author(s): Hooper C, Preston A, Balaam M, Seedhouse P, Jackson D, Pham C, Ladha C, Ladha K, Ploetz T, Olivier P

    Abstract: Ubiquitous computing technologies have traditionally striven to augment objects and the environment with sensing capabilities to enable them to respond appropriately to the needs of the individuals in the environment. This paper considers how such technologies might be harnessed to support language learning, and specifically Task-Based Learning (TBL). Task-Based Learning (TBL) involves doing meaningful tasks in a foreign language, emphasising the language’s use in practice. TBL is seen as a highly engaging and motivating approach to learning a language, but is difficult to do in the classroom. Here, learners typically engage in activities that only simulate ‘real-world’ tasks, and as such only rehearse language use, rather than applying the language in practice. In this paper, we explore how an instrumented, context-aware environment whose design is grounded in pedagogical principles can support TBL. We present the French Kitchen, an instrumented kitchen for English speakers who are learning French, and describe a 46-participant evaluation of the kitchen. Based on the evaluation, we provide a set of design recommendations for those building instrumented systems for TBL.

      • Date: 5-8 September 2012
      • Conference Name: 14th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp)
      • Pages: 193-202
      • Publisher: ACM
      • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: Task-based learning, instrumented environment, situated interaction, building-people interaction.


      Dr Madeline Balaam

      Dan Jackson
      Senior Research Associate

      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction

      Dr Thomas Ploetz
      Reader in "Computational Behaviour Analysis"