With constant advances in technology, the world becomes a smaller community each day. In line with its reputation as a cultural melting pot, children of immigrants are the fastest growing student population in the United States today. It's clear that the U.S. needs a strong approach in language education; one that can keep pace with our potential and our lives. Technology can be used to foster student collaboration and shared learning experiences, thereby increasing learner interest, motivation and learning outcomes. ForWord aims to use interaction design in foreign language education to meet this need. ForWord has four main goals: provide a user-friendly online learning environment, promote teacher-student interaction and collaboration, promote student-student interaction and collaboration, and increase learner interest and motivation. This project takes the form of a proof-of-concept web application. The outcome relies heavily on research, design principles, user experience and human-computer interaction theory, and the use of technology to demonstrate the overarching concepts.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers--Interactive multimedia--Design; Spanish language--Study and teaching--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Student Type


Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Shaun Foster

Advisor/Committee Member

Timothy Foxsmith


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at PE1128.3 .C87 2014


RIT – Main Campus

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