Learning A Second Language with a Socially Assistive Robot

Jacqueline Kory Westlund, Goren Gordon, Samuel Spaulding, Jin Joo Lee, Luke Plummer, Marayna Martinez, Madhurima Das, Cynthia Breazeal

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We created a socially assistive robotic learning companion to support English-speaking children’s acquisition of a new language (Spanish). In a two-month microgenetic study, 34 preschool children will play an interactive game with a fully autonomous robot and the robot’s virtual sidekick, a Toucan shown on a tablet screen. Two aspects of the interaction were personalized to each child: (1) the content of the game (i.e., which words were presented), and (2) the robot’s affective responses to the child’s emotional state and performance. We will evaluate whether personalization leads to greater engagement and learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings New Friends 2015
Subtitle of host publicationThe 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education, October 22-23 2015, Almere, The Netherlands
EditorsMarcel Heerink, Michiel Jong de
Place of PublicationAlmere, The Netherlands
PublisherWindesheim Flevoland
Number of pages2
StatePublished - Oct 2015
EventConference Proceedings
New Friends 2015: The 1st international conference on social robots in therapy and education
- Almere, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Oct 201523 Oct 2015


ConferenceConference Proceedings
New Friends 2015
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