Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Masters of Science (Research)


Institute of Technology Tralee

First Advisor

Helen Fitzgerald


This thesis focuses on interactive multimedia use specifically in the area of vocabulary acquisition in a second language. It addresses the language learning requirements of third class (nine year olds) language learners, in Primary school. The study is based on existing second language acquisition research, computer - assisted language learning and the design and development of educational multimedia and it delivers an interactive application based on them. The study is firmly rooted in the foundations of the Revised Curriculum for Irish Primary Schools most especially in the language teaching methods it recommends and its emphasis on the use of information and communications technology.

This project charts the design and development of educational multimedia material and its evaluation. The evaluation seeks to assess the effectiveness of using interactive multimedia material to teach a second language. Conclusions are drawn from the analysis of the results, the overall aim is to expand and improve the use of multimedia in the teaching of the Irish language in the classroom.

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