SEOUL, Jun. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Three Kookmin University students have developed ‘Phonics Method’ learning game materials for children with dyslexia.
According to a university announcement on June 14, the students from the Department of Education created a set of gaming materials that children can use to learn to relate phonetic traits with words.
The students said that although around 5 percent of elementary school children in Korea have dyslexia, appropriate learning materials are hard to find as dyslexia has yet to be recognized as a learning disability in Korea.
Existing learning materials for kids with dyslexia are also limited to paper-based materials, which can easily bore kids.
Determined to introduce new, fun learning material, the students developed the game material under guidance from Yang Min-Hwa, a professor in their department.
With the new materials, kids can learn about phoneme units by solving word puzzles and playing with word dice.
Their learning set has been also selected as a model business for the Korean government’s project of creative intellectual property supports, and will be supported with a grant of 30 million won (US$ 26,850) to produce commercial sets.
The students said that prototype sets will come out in August, and the final products will be seen in November.
By Lina Jang (email@example.com)