University of Twente Student Theses


Make Twents Great Again

Hodac, L.M. (2021) Make Twents Great Again.

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Abstract:Twents is a dialect from a region in the east part of The Netherlands called Twente. Twents belongs to the language Low Saxon and is threatened with extinction because people stop speaking it. Research suggests that the problem is best tackled at the roots: children. Here we investigate what system can make the youth (8-12 years old) appreciate Twents more. The Creative Technology Design Process by Mader and Eggink (2014) was used during this research. Interviews were conducted with 5 experts within the field of Twents, education and playful learning. In addition, brainstorms were conducted with a group of 7 students and with a group of 3 experts. By using the method creative matrix, many ideas were generated and placed into a how-now-wow matrix. By voting on the ideas and reviewing them based on important aspects from research and interviews, the final idea of a cards collection campaign called Rap Plat was chosen. The cards have six categories: Influencers from Twente, Food, Words, Events, Popular Places and Trips. On the back there is a Twents text that tells a story. The user can scan a QR code on the card which will lead them to an audio fragment that reads the text aloud and gives the translation. An application was added wherein the user can collect all the cards and get extra’s such as videos and recipes. A user test was then performed with 5 future users (aged 8 to 10) and the results suggested that Rap Plat teaches children successfully about Twents and that the application that was made was very usable for the children. It is expected that Rap Plat will make the youth (8-12 years old) appreciate Twents more to create a more positive attitude towards Twents to prevent extinction of the dialect.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 17 linguistics and theory of literature, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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