Communication Aid for Non-English Speaking Newcomers

The project will examine the use of pictograms – like the simplified pictures that appear on information signage – and other visual symbols in an audio-visual strategy to facilitate and enhance the use and learning of English as an additional language for Arabic-speaking Syrian refugees. The software for the project is PictoPages, whose development was funded by the George Reed Foundation and was designed by specialists from the University of Regina. PictoPages, developed to assist those with acquired or developmental verbal communication limitations, includes text, recorded speech, and symbols. The software is available for iPad and may be adapted for use on iPhone. The project is focused on those who have limited to no English skills, limited resources, and a range of educational backgrounds. TO BE CONT’D

Faculty Supervisor:

Malek Mouhob


Munira Al-Ageili


United Way of Regina


Computer science


Information and communications technologies




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