Teaching Words in Context: Code-Switching Method for English and Japanese Vocabulary Acquisition Systems

  • Michal MazurEmail author
  • Rafal Rzepka
  • Kenji Araki
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10930)


One of the essential parts of second language curriculum is teaching vocabulary. Until now many existing techniques tried to facilitate word acquisition, but one method which has been paid less attention to is code-switching. In this paper, we present an experimental system for computer assisted vocabulary learning in context using a code-switching based method, focusing on teaching Japanese vocabulary to foreign language learners. First, we briefly introduce our Co-MIX method for vocabulary teaching systems using code-switching phenomenon to support vocabulary acquisition. Next, we show how we utilize incidental learning technique with graded readers to facilitate vocabulary learning. We present the systems architecture, underlying technologies and the initial evaluation of the system’s performance by using semantic differential scale. Finally, we discuss the evaluation results and compare them with our English vocabulary teaching system.


Computer assisted e-learning Code-switching Teaching vocabulary Natural language processing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for the Advancement of Higher EducationHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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