Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Cognitive Effects of Robot-Assisted Language Learning on Oral Skills

Sungjin Lee, Hyungjong Noh, Jonghoon Lee, Kyusong Lee, Gary Geunbae Lee

Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea

This study introduces the educational assistant robots that we developed for foreign language learning and explores the effectiveness of robot-assisted language learning (RALL). To achieve this purpose, a course was designed in which students have meaningful interactions with intelligent robots in an immersive environment. A total of 24 elementary students, ranging in age from 9 to 13, were enrolled in English lessons. A pre-test/posttest design was used to investigate the cognitive effects of the RALL approach on the students’ oral skills. No significant difference in the listening skill was found, but the speaking skills improved, with a large effect size at the significance level of 0.01.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Sungjin / Noh, Hyungjong / Lee, Jonghoon / Lee, Kyusong / Lee, Gary Geunbae (2010): "Cognitive effects of robot-assisted language learning on oral skills", In L2WS-2010, paper P1-11.