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Sometimes the best way to learn a new topic isn’t through traditional means but by way of a game. Research has shown that games are especially helpful for learning a new language. Spanish heritage speakers grow up “knowing” Spanish, but do not have full oral or written fluency. The purpose of this project is to create a game that aids Spanish heritage speakers in understanding the rules of accent placement. Heritage speakers grow up in a home where Spanish is spoken, and are bilingual (English/Spanish) with respect to comprehension. The skill level of each heritage speaker varies but a number of them lack full oral fluency, and even more lack fully-developed written literacy. This project attempts to create an online web anagram game to assist Spanish heritage speakers in mastering an under-acknowledged component of their language: Spanish accentuation. Spanish accents, tildes, are used often in the language, in both writing and speech. With aid from the anagram game, Spanish heritage speakers will acquire better understanding of when to use tildes and where to properly place them. The results of this project suggests that, on average, when a Spanish heritage speaker plays the game more often, they have a better understanding of accent placement.
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Alexander, José III, "¿Puedes Anagramar?: A Game That Helps Heritage Speakers Master Spanish Accentuation" (2018). Senior Projects Spring 2018. 302.
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