Paul Vogt

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Paul Vogt

Tilburg University

Abstract

Methods in second language tutoring using social robots

 

With the advancements in the development of humanoid, social robots, it has become possible to investigate whether these robots can support children learning a second language. The European funded L2TOR project (www.l2tor.eu) aims to investigate how such robots can be developed for preschool children in one-on-one sessions where, for instance, Dutch children learn English vocabulary as a foreign language, or where Turkish children living in the Netherlands learn Dutch vocabulary.

In this talk, the approach taken in the L2TOR project will be presented. Particular attention is paid to the methodological aspects of designing the interactions between child and robot such that these interactions are pleasant, challenging and pedagogically sound. In addition, major issues relating to the design of experimental studies will be discussed.

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