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Title: Speaking and Listening Learning System
Center: NCER Year: 2018
Principal Investigator: Lorié, William Awardee: Language Learning Partners
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 8 months (5/12/2018 – 1/12/2019) Award Amount: $199,998
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: 91990018C0036

In this project, researchers will develop a prototype of a web-based tool through which English Learners (EL) can practice conversation with an automated avatar. The Speaking and Listening Learning System will provide support, feedback, and will adapt to the conversational level of students. At the end of Phase I, in a pilot study with 20 EL students in grades 1 and 2, the researchers will examine whether the prototype functions as planned, if students are able to converse with the avatar, and if the prototype shows initial promise for improving outcomes for language acquisition.