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Now You’re Talking: A mobile application to aid in learning foreign languages through social interaction and gamification

O'Neill, Jamie (2017) Now You’re Talking: A mobile application to aid in learning foreign languages through social interaction and gamification. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Now You’re Talking has two major functionalities. Firstly, it will help grow and develop language skills of the user keeping them engaged through the use of gamification. Secondly, the app promotes socializing by offering users a platform in which can schedule meet ups and communicate. This app covers a niche in the market where no other app covers allowing language learning and meet ups. A search on the Google play store for “Meet ups” will show only a handful of apps that allow users to meet and discuss their field of interest, with the vast majority of search results being dating app’s (see Meet up search results). There is certainly room in the market for an application that covers the areas that I intend on covering for users to meet up in an educational environment.

The potential for this app is almost limitless in terms of features so maintaining what features should be demonstrated in this project is an important aspect to give an insight into the overall potential of the app.

This app will show the introductory lessons for German, Spanish and French for an English speaker. These languages have been chosen as they are four of the five most spoken languages in Europe (TNS Opinion & Social, 2012). If there is to be a full release of this application, it will be extended to fully teach all of the most popular languages.

This will be accomplished by creating the app for Android devices and using Google Firebase for backend services such as database hosting. There are several functional requirements set for this app which we will detail further in this report. The database will consist of 4 key tables handling meet ups both past and future, users, and messages. The app will also consist of an easy to use user interface that is intuitive to users. The app also makes use of API calls for certain services such as maps and translation features.

Testing, reporting and analytics will also be handled through Firebase, this provides an all in one solution to a lot critical information which can be used to improve the application.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science

Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software

Q Science > QA Mathematics > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Computer software > Mobile Phone Applications
Divisions: School of Computing > Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 13:46
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2688

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