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Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots

Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots

Objective

The L2TOR project capitalises on recent developments in human-robot interaction in which the use of social robots is explored in the context of teaching and tutoring. Social robots have been shown to have marked benefits over screen-based tutoring technologies, and have demonstrable positive impacts on motivation in learners and their learning outcomes. L2TOR focuses on the domain of second language learning in early childhood: due to increased mobility of European citizens and increasing internationalisation, most children in Europe will be required to fluently use two or more languages. As language acquisition benefits from early, personalised and interactive tutoring, current language tutoring delivery is often ill-equipped to deal with this. As resources are insufficient to offer one-to-one tutoring with (near) native speakers in educational and home contexts, L2TOR will further the science and technology of language tutoring robots, with a strong focus on multimodal interactive tutoring for young children (4 years of age). L2TOR will focus on native speaking Dutch, German and Turkish children learning English. In addition, Turkish immigrant children in the Netherlands and Germany will be supported by a robot in acquiring Dutch and German. To realise this ambition L2TOR needs to address both technical aspects -such as multimodal interaction, human-robot interaction management and social signal processing-, pedagogical aspects -such as exploring the pedagogy of social robots and the use of social robot to assist in language tutoring- and developmental psychology aspects -such as understanding how children learn a first and second language from others and how this can be transposed to learning from robots.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

Address

Drake Circus
Pl4 8aa Plymouth

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 544 013

Participants (6)

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STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT BRABANT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 542 238

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 448 625

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 512 193

KOC UNIVERSITY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 397 593

SOFTBANK ROBOTICS EUROPE

France

EU Contribution

€ 486 250

QBMT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 111 650

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 688014

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 042 565

  • EU contribution

    € 3 042 562

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom