Pilipop Espanol is an app designed for children five to ten that introduces them to basic words and phrases in the Spanish language. The app offers several different listening and speaking activities where users can interact with the screen and play games to see how much they Spanish they have learned.
The Pilis are an alien group that has come to Earth and they need help learning to speak Spanish! When the user completes activities, they get hot peppers to spend on food and drink to give to their Pili avatar.
The activities in Pilipop Espanol are split into two categories: listening and speaking. Each type of activity has three levels of difficulty, designed to introduce words to the user all the way up to comprehending and creating sentences which include the vocabulary. The units are divided into categories such as cooking, clothing, occupations, etc. A monthly category changes every month and introduces different vocabulary from the general categories.
Pilipop Espanol is free to use but some features require an in-app purchase. It is currently available on iOS.
Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Learning a new language can help users practice their focus skills. The user needs to pay attention to the instruction portion of the app, learning the vocabulary and how to apply it in a sentence. For users who struggle with focus, they may find that they need to listen to this portion of the lesson over and over again because they couldn’t pay attention long enough to hear all of the words. For these users, starting at the easier levels and practicing them a few times before moving on can help build up focus before trying longer or more complicated tasks.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Language learning apps are a great way for users to activate and practice their working memory skills. In each portion of the app, the user hears a word said in Spanish while looking at a visual representation of that image. They begin to learn to associate that image with what they are hearing. When it is their time to complete the activity, the user needs to access that information to perform a task such as click on the correct image or create a sentence using the correct vocabulary word. For users who struggle with Working Memory, they should start with the lowest level in the activity section and work their way up to the more difficult prompts.
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