Tag Archives: Language learning

EXP: Collaborative Research: Perception and Production in Second Language: The Roles of Voice Variability and Familiarity

PI: Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, Texas A&M (Award Details) PI: John Levis, Iowa State University (Award Details) The U.S. economy is boosted by many highly skilled professionals from non-English speaking countries, who work in higher education, healthcare, and technology. These professionals typically have solid knowledge of English but age-related non-native pronunciations that can impair their intelligibility. Highly-skilled […]

EXP: Collaborative Research: A Personalized Storyteller Companion to Promote Preschooler Language Skills

PIs: Cynthia Breazeal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Award Details) Stephanie Gottwald, Tufts University (Award Details) Early language ability, including vocabulary skills and oral language knowledge during preschool, is an important predictor of children’s academic success in subsequent school years. Social robots that can engage children as personalized learning companions hold great promise in augmenting the […]

EXP: Transforming World Language Education using Social Robotics

PI: William Johnson, Kino Coursey Alelo Award Details This Cyberlearning Exploration Project explores the potential for social robotics to transform foreign-language learning. The social robot being developed in this project is designed to act as a language partner for students learning a foreign language, in this case those learning Chinese. It augments classroom instruction, providing […]

DIP: EMBRACEing English Language Learners with Technology

PIs: Arthur Glenberg, Erin Walker, M. Adelaida Restrepo Arizona State University In this Cyberlearning: Transforming Education DIP (Development and Implementation) Project, the PIs focus on how to address the English-language learning needs of young English-language learners (ELLs). They are enhancing the Moved by Reading (MbR) computer program that has been used to increase the reading […]

DIP: Collaborative Research: Social Robots as Mechanisms for Language Instruction, Interaction, and Evaluation in Pre-School Children

Cynthia Breazeal, MIT (Award Details) David DeSteno, Northeastern University (Award Details) Paul Harris, Harvard University (Award Details) This project is leveraging emerging technologies in social robotics with recent findings from social, developmental, and cognitive psychology to design, implement, and evaluate a new generation of robots that is capable of interacting with and instructing young learners […]

EXP: Exploring the Virtual World of Contextualized English Language Acquisition

PIs: Regina Mendez, Mary Beth Ogulewicz Springfield Technical Community College Award Details The PIs are aiming to investigate how virtual world 3D technology can be used to address the limited opportunities adult immigrants and refugees have for exploring and practicing their English in authentic settings without the risk of seeming inarticulate. In partnership with WonderBuilders, […]