Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College

College of Engineering

Project Advisor

Stacey Weber-Feve

Project Advisor's Department

World Languages and Cultures

Description

This project is intended as a resource for French language learners seeking to expand their vocabulary to include electrical and computer engineering concepts. While not intended to be an exhaustive list, it is intended to contain the concepts necessary to allow a student to begin to communicate engineering concepts in French.

The design of this resource is based on my research into second language acquisition (SLA). In order for SLA to be successful, the learner must be presented with comprehensible input in the language that they are trying to acquire. I accomplish this by presenting the vocabulary (in French) alongside one or several images depicting it. I found this approach particularly compelling since much of engineering vocabulary can be depicted with easily recognized symbols or diagrams.

I began the design of this resource by listing the many concepts I would need to be able to express in order to communicate in a French-speaking engineering context. From that, I began to create a collection of images containing both the French work for the concept and one or several matching depictions. To present them, I created a web interface that presents the images grouped such that related concepts are presented together.

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

A Technical French Vocabulary Learning Resource for Electrical Engineers

This project is intended as a resource for French language learners seeking to expand their vocabulary to include electrical and computer engineering concepts. While not intended to be an exhaustive list, it is intended to contain the concepts necessary to allow a student to begin to communicate engineering concepts in French.

The design of this resource is based on my research into second language acquisition (SLA). In order for SLA to be successful, the learner must be presented with comprehensible input in the language that they are trying to acquire. I accomplish this by presenting the vocabulary (in French) alongside one or several images depicting it. I found this approach particularly compelling since much of engineering vocabulary can be depicted with easily recognized symbols or diagrams.

I began the design of this resource by listing the many concepts I would need to be able to express in order to communicate in a French-speaking engineering context. From that, I began to create a collection of images containing both the French work for the concept and one or several matching depictions. To present them, I created a web interface that presents the images grouped such that related concepts are presented together.