Android Based Application for Supporting English for Disability

Nurul Azmi, Dwi Maryono, Rosihan A.Y


Supporting English Learning for student with visual impairment by utilizing smartphone application is challenging in this era. How to integrate technology to make learning more effective is what educators absolutely need. This research aims to develop English for Disability (EFORD) application on Android for Junior High School Student Grade 7 with Visual Impairment The research was developed in five phases: (1) Analysis of problems (2) Collecting information / analysis of the needs of the media as required of blind children. (3) The design phase of products such as the manufacture of flow.(4) Design validation phase form of an expert assessment. (5) Testing products phase. Three experts, include teacher of special needs education were invited to validated the product, and the average score was 84.33 percent or worthy category. For testing the effectiveness of the EFORD, 4 visual impairment students of grade 7 joined as participants. There were 2 indicators, i.e, technical and learning used for measuring the response of students. As result, each indicator scored more than 70%, which means the product effective for improving English skills of students, particularly in grammar and speaking. However, more field testing are needed to check the feasibility of the EFORD.

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