Advances in Human Language Technology present a unique opportunity to advanace the field of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) by affording more naturalistic and authentic learner tasks. To date, there is a paucity of research undertakings which adequately address both the cognitive aspects of language acquisition and the effective integration of advanced language technology in language learning environments.
In this seminar I present my research findings from a recent exploratory investigation on the role of multimodal interation (MMI) in second language acquisition (SLA). Moreover, I respond to my primary research hypothesis that multimodal interaction can have a positive impact upon language acquisition, especially delayed retention of novel second language (L2) vocabulary. I present findings from the relevant SLA and MMI research literature, and discuss their contextual significance to this study.
Finally, I discuss the development of a Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition (SLVA) tool, LIMIT, and describe how it addresses the current state of CALL and MMI research. Furthermore, I provide an overview of LIMIT's integration of various spoken language technology components and how they are leveraged to construct authentic language learning media.
I conclude the seminar with an overview of my future directions and their relevant research contributions to the fields of CALL, MMI and HLT.
Rod Farmer is a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He is currently enrolled part-time. His interests range from Second Language Acquisition and Psycholinguistics to Multimodal Interaction and Software Engineering. He has contributed towards the DARPA Communicator project, worked on the Gnome HIG, and is currently employed as a contract Software Engineer within the defence sector. His recent publication range from software quality improvement to the philosophical underpinnings of task design and analysis methodologies in Software Engineering.