An Mandarin tones self-training APP
for hearing-impaired children.
Designer Yi-Yu Wang
Professor Hsien-Hui Tang
Software Engineer Syu-Jhih Hong
Language Therapist Li-Wei Kao
Technique Tablet / iOS 5.0 or up
Children with hearing loss are difficult to learn the Mandarin tones by observing others’ mouths. For those severe hearing-impaired children, their learning effect are more not ideal. Speech therapists are mainly used hand gestures, which suggest the tones ups and downs, to guide them listen out the differences. However, the once a week training lesson still limits the rate of progress. There is a lack of tone training practice materials in current market. Parents at home also need to spend a lot of effort to pay attention to their child's verbal situation.
It's hard for hearing-impaired children adjust their tones through the auditory in learning spoken language. Common problems are insufficient ups and downs of pitch, and two or three sound of Mandarin tones confusing. In addition, the user experience research shows those children cannot be concentrate on learning and feel pressure easily. How to improve the experience of learning tones is the problem we hope to deal with.
The design idea come from the speech therapists and some parents, they usually use story book to teach hearing-impaired children reading the sentences. Reading not only helps therapists discovering their verbal mistakes, but helps children to build up the understanding of the meaning and grammar that bring benefit to communication.
Tone Story is an interactive storybook providing stable and continued Mandarin tones training, leading the hearing-impaired children listening the tones in sentences and reading them repeatedly. We hope the story could raise their interest in learning, as well as help them doing self-training to reduce the burden of educators simultaneously.
UX design in progress.