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Multilingual ICT education: language observatory as a monitoring instrument

Abd. Rozan, Mohd. Zaidi and Mikami, Yoshiki and Abu Bakar, Ahmad Zaki and Om, Vikas (2005) Multilingual ICT education: language observatory as a monitoring instrument. In: South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation 2005 (SEARCC2005), 28 - 30 September 2005, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

Ubiquitous learning challenges students to become adept at information retrieval, management and synthesis from a variety of sources. This sparks discovery activities that are student-centred and personalized. Personalized means that the learning is best conducted in the natural language of the student. Language is an important tool for human communication and at the moment, the language dominating ICT is English. Although many efforts have been made, learning English is a slow and expensive process. There were also many casualties and sacrifices which unfortunately were at the expenses of many local and indigenous languages and cultural heritage. This paper presents an effort made by a consortium of universities and research centres in Asia to address the problem of language digital divide by establishing a World Language Observatory. Compared to an astronomical observatory, which observes space for astronomical phenomena, a language observatory observes language phenomena in cyberspace. Software agents in the form of soft bots are periodically sent into cyberspace by the mother Language Observatory in Japan to examine websites and identify its languages and contents in an attempt to identify language communities in various regions of cyberspace. Assisted by various language observatories around the world a language census chart is then published annually on the UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day to inform the world of the current language situation in cyberspace which have implications on education.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:ICT education, ubiquitous learning, digital divide, multilingualism, language, character script, standardization, language observatory project.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System (Formerly known)
ID Code:3404
Deposited By: Mrs Rozilawati Dollah @ Md Zain
Deposited On:23 May 2007 23:59
Last Modified:06 Jun 2012 01:10

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