Introducing “Kodu” to Implement Cross Curricular Based Scenarios in English for K-12 Learners

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 715)

Abstract

In the present study the programming language of Kodu was used as a tool to implement a cross-curricular series of lessons combining the subjects of English and Computer Science. The purpose was to see the extent to which Kodu can be used as a creative and effective tool to enhance learners´ English language skills. A number of 74 Junior High School learners participated in the research, with a control group of 35, and an experimental group of 39 learners. The latter were introduced to the tool and implemented programming tasks with Kodu. A pre and post-test was delivered to the learners to detect their level before and after the intervention and informal discussions were conducted with them. The results revealed that Kodu made the lessons for the experimental group more vivid, creating a lively atmosphere which kept them active in class enhancing their use of English which they employed to follow the instructions, work with one another and implement the tasks assigned to them.

Keywords

ICT Kodu Scenarios Cross-curricular 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Directorate of Secondary Education, Ministry of EducationLarissaGreece
  2. 2.University of ThessalyVolosGreece
  3. 3.Democritus UniversityKomotiniGreece

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