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Title: Developing Adaptive Systems at Early Stages of Children's Foreign Language Development
Author: Ana Belen Cumbreño Espada
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Alejandro Curado Fuentes
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Eva Ma Dominguez Gomez
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Author: Mercedes Rico Garcia
Institution: Universidad de Extremadura
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition
Subject Language: None
Abstract: This paper describes the integration of hypermedia adaptive systems for foreign language learners at an early age. Our research project is concerned with exploring the relationship between language learning and information technology according to six different phases: a preliminary study of the plausible adaptive system; the development of lessons based on hypermedia and learners’ needs; the
examination of language learners’ profiles; the definition of an adapted interface; the integration of the systems in schools; and the evaluation of the use of such systems. While the last three stages are still under way, we have already
obtained some significant feedback from preliminary observation and approaches, which chiefly reveal the importance of accounting for interrelated factors at an early age, such as specific learning strategies, skills, and graphical design.

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