The french kitchen: Task-based learning in an instrumented kitchen

Clare J. Hooper, Anne Preston, Madeline Balaam, Paul Seedhouse, Daniel Jackson, Cuong Pham, Cassim Ladha, Karim Ladha, Thomas Plötz, Patrick Olivier

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

    24 Citations (Scopus)


    Ubiquitous computing technologies have traditionally striven to augment objects and the environment with sensing capabilities to enable them to respond appropriately to the needs of the individuals in the environment. This paper considers how such technologies might be harnessed to support language learning, and specifically Task-Based Learning (TBL). Task-Based Learning (TBL) involves doing meaningful tasks in a foreign language, emphasising the language's use in practice. TBL is seen as a highly engaging and motivating approach to learning a language, but is difficult to do in the classroom. Here, learners typically engage in activities that only simulate 'real-world' tasks, and as such only rehearse language use, rather than applying the language in practice. In this paper, we explore how an instrumented, context-aware environment whose design is grounded in pedagogical principles can support TBL. We present the French Kitchen, an instrumented kitchen for English speakers who are learning French, and describe a 46- participant evaluation of the kitchen. Based on the evaluation, we provide a set of design recommendations for those building instrumented systems for TBL.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUbiComp'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2012
    EventACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing 2012 - Pittsburg, United States of America
    Duration: 5 Sep 20128 Sep 2012
    Conference number: 14th


    ConferenceACM International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing 2012
    Abbreviated titleUbicomp 2012
    CountryUnited States of America
    Internet address


    • Building-people interaction
    • Instrumented environment
    • Situated interaction
    • Task-based learning

    Cite this