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The Vocabulary Learning Challenge (VLC)

Previous studies suggest that knowledge of the smallest meaning-bearing linguistic elements of language, morphemes, has a positive effect on vocabulary development as well as reading and spelling abilities.

Illustration photo of a teacher helping a student with an Ipad

This project aimed to develop and test a digital vocabulary intervention (Illustration photo: Shane Colvin, UiO).

About the Project

Previous studies suggest that knowledge of the smallest meaning-bearing linguistic elements of language, morphemes, has a positive effect on vocabulary development as well as reading and spelling abilities.

This project aimed to develop and test a digital vocabulary intervention based on the following two principles:

  1. Strengthen the students’ knowledge of common Norwegian derivational morphemes For example "co"- in cooperate and "mis"- in misunderstand  
  2. Use variation in input systematically to facilitate generalization of the linguistic knowledge.

The intervention has been tested in a randomized controlled study with 717 second graders.

(Videoproduction: Shane Colvin, UiO).

Captain Morph

Illustrationphoto of Captain Morph
(Illustration photo: Engagelab, UiO).

Captain Morph is a self-instructive digital intervention consisting of 40 app sessions targeting knowledge of derivational affixes and compounding in Norwegian. It does not contain explicit definitions, as children are assumed to acquire the meanings and orthographies of the learning targets implicitly by working with each target in a large number of different root word and picture contexts. The app is made for primary school children, and there is audio support for all written content.

Financing

The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO)

Cooperation

Sub-projects

 

 

 

Published Mar. 11, 2020 2:03 PM - Last modified Sep. 9, 2020 12:35 PM

Contact

Project manager

Portrait of the project manager
Janne Von Koss Torkildsen, Professor, Department of Special Needs Education, UiO. (Photo: Colvin, UiO).