A University of Limerick project, which developed a CD Rom to aid students in reading and writing Japanese, has been awarded the coveted European Language Label Award.
The project, entitled 'Interactive Multimedia Courseware for Reading and Writing Japanese Script', was developed by the Technical Communication Section and the Japanese Section of the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies (LCS) at UL.
The interactive CD allows students to hear the correct pronunciation of each of the characters in of one of the Japanese character sets, as well as showing the correct way to write the symbol. The software development for the project was done by Ann Marcus Quinn, the sound files and calligraphy were by Kumiko Kurebayashi and the project design was by Barbara Geraghty. The software has been used in first year Japanese classes for the past two years and students enjoy using it. "When students are using the CD in the lab, we notice that everyone uses it differently. You feel you're in the presence of people learning in their own way and at their own speed." Barbara Geraghty commented.
This is the fourth European Language Award in as many years for the LCS department.
Pictured are Dr Barbara Geraghty, Professor Paul McCutcheon, VP Academic & Registrar and Ann Marcus Quinn.