Fill that blank! An iOS-based literacy application

Eric Gu, Mo-Hong Tzou, Rashina Hoda

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There are many existing software applications that claim to teach English literacy. However, these applications often cater to preschoolers, only teach vocabulary or phonetics and mostly focus on fundamental reading skills, and not comprehension. This project aims to develop an application that teaches 7-10 years old children comprehension of the English language. Research was conducted into existing applications and pedagogy leading to the elicitation of requirements specification and design. Our iOS app is designed as a tailored cloze activity ('fill-in-the-blanks') in the context of a story. A usability study was conducted with 18 children in the target age group at two primary schools from different socio-economic areas. Overall response to the application was positive with high intuitiveness and engagement ratings. Future work includes refinements and can explore effectiveness of the app through a longer case study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 23rd Australasian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC 2014
EditorsJim Steel, Liming Zhu
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479931491
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Software Engineering Conference 2014 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 7 Apr 201410 Apr 2014
Conference number: 23rd


ConferenceAustralasian Software Engineering Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleASWEC 2014
Internet address


  • Child Computer Interaction (CCI)
  • Digital Learning
  • Education
  • Literacy

Cite this

Gu, E., Tzou, M-H., & Hoda, R. (2014). Fill that blank! An iOS-based literacy application. In J. Steel, & L. Zhu (Eds.), Proceedings - 2014 23rd Australasian Software Engineering Conference, ASWEC 2014 (pp. 80-83). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.