Collaborating with PaGamO: Surprising Applications of Knowledge by the Department of Applied Foreign Languages Team
Led by assistant professor Dr. Li, Yu-fen, the team from the Department of Applied Foreign Languages has collaborated with the online game-based learning platform, "PaGamO." One of the members, senior student Chang, Shih-hong, said that it was a great sense of achievement to have their work published online and in a book. When the elementary school students at the internship site found out that he was one of the authors of "PaGamO," they were very excited, and he felt their admiration.
"PaGamO" is a super popular learning platform that provides free question banks for junior high and elementary school students. The Department of Applied Foreign Languages team participated in the "1200 Essential Vocabulary Words" project. From selecting the words, creating the questions, producing audio and images, to testing and correcting mistakes, "every step had to be careful and meticulous", Shih-hong said. During the editing process, Shih-hong even dug out his own elementary school English textbook. He said, "there must be zero mistakes in the material meant for children."
Chang, Shih-hong plans to enter the field of foreign language teaching after graduation. He said that creating an English teaching material not only allows him to apply what he learned but also provides a surprising application of knowledge. Another team member Lo, Yin-fan, who usually teaches English in language cram schools, said that selecting suitable words for students and compiling them into teaching materials was a special experience. Both agreed that "proofreading" was the most painful part!
Dr. Li emphasized bringing students into the industry and "transforming knowledge into workplace competitiveness," because "applied foreign languages" are not just for learning a language but also an ability to make money. She appreciated the down-to-earth attitude of her students and encouraged them to continuously apply what they have learned in practical situations.