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Friday, August 14 • 1:25pm - 1:50pm
Interactive App for Language Learning at the University: A New Concept to Poe's Tales Using Digital Technology

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Technology has been a powerful tool for teaching, mainly when dealing with foreign language contexts. The digital evolution made possible the change of reading support, whereas printed pages have ceded place for the screens of tablets, mobiles and computers. This scenario brings advantages to the ones who want to dive into Poe´s tales through a new concept of reading, where music, illustration and interactivity combine to give life to this nineteenth century great author´s stories. From this point of view, we aim at analyzing the first volume of the interactive app called iPoe, which includes four of his great short stories: The Oval Portrait, The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee and The Masque of the Red Death. In order to discuss the process of adaptation of these tales to digital formats and the advantages of this process in the language learning through the context of literary texts, we focus on the process of adaptation (NITRINI, 2010) of the tales as well as the context of production of both original and digital texts (BRONCKART, 2009) establishing a dialogue with the multimodality (ROJO, 2011) for the teaching of languages. To achieve our goals and stating that digital media is more than a “platform”, we discuss how technology affects the way stories are actually tell and re-tell challenging the traditional way if narrating them (HUTCHEON, 2013) considering the contribution of moving images and sounds. Moreover, we also focus on interactive storytelling, social media strategies, and the design of convergent, multiplatform and transmedia narratives (O´ FLYNN, 2013). We can state that the creative process of texts/books adaptation to digital formats has a huge impact upon the language learning in the university context, mainly the one in which teachers to be are being educated to face the new generation of learners.


Eliane Segati Rios-Registro

Northern Parana State University

Friday August 14, 2015 1:25pm - 1:50pm EDT
CGIS Knafel K050 1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA