Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots. A Large-Scale Study.

Paul Vogt*, Rianne van den Berghe, Mirjam de Haas, Laura Hoffmann, Junko Kanero, Ezgi Mamus, Jean-Marc Montanier, Cansu Oranc, Ora Oudgenoeg-Paz, Daniel H Garcia, Fotios Papadopoulos, Thorsten Schodde, Josje Verhagen, Chris D Wallbridge, Bram Willemsen, Jan de Wit, Tony Belpaeme, Tilbe Göksun, Stefan Kopp, Emiel KrahmerAylin C Küntay, Paul Leseman, Amit K. Pandey

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Abstract

We present a large-scale study of a series of seven lessons designed to help young children learn English vocabulary as a foreign language using a social robot. The experiment was designed to investigate 1) the effectiveness of a social robot teaching children new words over the course of multiple interactions (supported by a tablet), 2) the added benefit of a robot's iconic gestures on word learning and retention, and 3) the effect of learning from a robot tutor accompanied by a tablet versus learning from a tablet application alone. For reasons of transparency, the research questions, hypotheses and methods were preregistered. With a sample size of 194 children, our study was statistically well-powered. Our findings demonstrate that children are able to acquire and retain English vocabulary words taught by a robot tutor to a similar extent as when they are taught by a tablet application. In addition, we found no beneficial effect of a robot's iconic gestures on learning gains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Language Tutoring using Social Robots. A Large-Scale Study.
Place of PublicationDaegu, Korea (South), Korea (South)
PublisherIEEE
Pages497-505
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685556
ISBN (Print)9781538685563
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2019
Event2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction - Daegu, Korea, Democratic People's Republic of
Duration: 11 Mar 201914 Mar 2019

Conference

Conference2019 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction
Abbreviated titleHRI
CountryKorea, Democratic People's Republic of
CityDaegu
Period11/03/1914/03/19

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Vogt, P., van den Berghe, R., de Haas, M., Hoffmann, L., Kanero, J., Mamus, E., ... Pandey, A. K. (2019). Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots. A Large-Scale Study. In Second Language Tutoring using Social Robots. A Large-Scale Study. (pp. 497-505). Daegu, Korea (South), Korea (South): IEEE.