Building Human-Scale Intelligent Immersive Spaces for Foreign Language Learning

Immersive technologies (e.g., human-scale immersion) especially augmented with Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been sparingly used to teach foreign languages. This work discusses an AI equipped immersive room to teach Mandarin Chinese and, by doing so it brings two perspectives together - the pedagogy of foreign language teaching and the technology that has been built to support its goals. We therefore have translated specific teaching outcomes and requirements of foreign language learning into technology problems and brought forth a Cognitive Immersive Room (CIR) - a human-scale immersive room equipped with an AI Agent to teach foreign language. We have discussed a pilot study with 16 college student participants to show its usability and explore ways of how the room could be used as a part of the foreign language curriculum.

Reference

Divekar, Rahul R., Yalun Zhou, David Allen, Jaimie Drozdal, and Hui Su, "Building Human-Scale Intelligent Immersive Spaces for Foreign Language Learning,"

Bibtex

@article{divekar2018building,
  title={Building Human-Scale Intelligent Immersive Spaces for Foreign Language Learning},
  author={Divekar, Rahul R and Zhou, Yalun and Allen, David and Drozdal, Jaimie and Su, Hui},
  journal={iLRN 2018 Montana},
  pages={94},
  year={2018}
}