ProjectAisla: An intelligent agent for second language English learning in real-life contexts

Basic data

Title:
Aisla: An intelligent agent for second language English learning in real-life contexts
Duration:
2/1/2021 to 1/31/2024
Abstract / short description:
The project aims at building an intelligent assistant Aisla in the form of a mobile app for training spoken English within real-life contexts. It will make use of the latest Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in Natural Language Processing (NLP), conversation systems, and Computer Vision (CV) to provide foreign language learners who lack the opportunities to practice spoken English in their daily life with a virtual intelligent language partner and teacher for learning English. Aisla is an interdisciplinary project that draws upon both AI-driven Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and second language acquisition research. It features (a) real-time meaningful interaction between the learner and the intelligent agent, and (b) adaptive feedback to spoken English production to enhance the learner’s language abilities, and (c) a cost-efficient solution to spoken English education. In this project, we will focus on the development of the intelligent assistant, the creation of learning contents to be used in the system, and the experiments on the effectiveness of the system on enhancing learning of English as a foreign language. It is believed that the project will contribute to Germany’s digital education and its transformation into a digital society. The project team plans to found a start-up to commercialize Aisla once the development is completed.
Keywords:
intelligent agent
mobile app
training spoken English
real-life contexts
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Computer Vision (CV)

Involved staff

Managers

Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
LEAD Graduate School & Research Network
Research training groups
Hector Institute of Education Science
Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Contact persons

Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
CRC 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
LEAD Graduate School & Research Network
Research training groups

Other staff

Department of Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities
Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
CRC 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
Institute of English Languages and Literatures
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities

Local organizational units

Hector Institute of Education Science
Department of Social Sciences
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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