Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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JALEA: an authentic and personal path to JApaneseLEArning
Giovanni Lapis, Alessandro Mantelli, Marcella Mariotti

Last modified: 08-06-2017


This paper aims to present JALEA, an innovative web tool for the acquisition of the Japanese language dedicated to higher education learners. In particular it highlights the innovative learner-centered approach based on the self-guided discovery of grammar structures and words’ meanings through the combined use of realia (multimedia contents referring to real-life situations in Japan), hyperlinks and interactive features such as pop-up dictionary, character-writing explanations, slow-motion option in video examples, etc. Moreover, it illustrates the ICT characteristics of this web tool,permitting on the one handthe smooth working of the application on several platforms (pc, tablet and smartphone); on the other, its sustainability and maintainability thanks to the implementation of a layer accessible to maintainers (backend) with several automatization features that facilitate the addition of more content,s also by personnel with low ICT knowledge or skills.

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