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  Intelligent virtual agents as language trainers facilitate multilingualism

Macedonia, M., Groher, I., & Roithmayr, F. (2014). Intelligent virtual agents as language trainers facilitate multilingualism. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 295. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00295.

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Copyright © 2014 Macedonia, Groher and Roithmayr. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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Macedonia, Manuela1, 2, Author              
Groher, Iris1, Author
Roithmayr, Friedrich1, Author
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1Department of Information Engineering, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, ou_persistent22              
2Max Planck Research Group Neural Mechanisms of Human Communication, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634556              

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Free keywords: Intelligent virtual agent; Multilingualism; Enactment effect; Memory enhancement; Mobile device
 Abstract: In this paper we introduce a new generation of language trainers: intelligent virtual agents (IVAs) with human appearance and the capability to teach foreign language vocabulary. We report results from studies that we have conducted with Billie, an IVA employed as a vocabulary trainer, as well as research findings on the acceptance of the agent as a trainer by adults and children. The results show that Billie can train humans as well as a human teacher can and that both adults and children accept the IVA as a trainer. The advantages of IVAs are multiple. First, their teaching methods can be based on neuropsychological research findings concerning memory and learning practice. Second, virtual teachers can provide individualized training. Third, they coach users during training, are always supportive, and motivate learners to train. Fourth, agents will reside in the user's mobile devices and thus be at the user's disposal everywhere and anytime. Agents in apps will make foreign language training accessible to anybody at low cost. This will enable people around the world, including physically, financially, and geographically disadvantaged persons, to learn a foreign language and help to facilitate multilingualism.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2014-02-142014-03-212014-04-14
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00295
PMID: 24782799
PMC: PMC3995038
Other: eCollection 2014
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Title: Frontiers in Psychology
  Abbreviation : Front Psychol
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Publ. Info: Pully, Switzerland : Frontiers Research Foundation
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 5 Sequence Number: 295 Start / End Page: - Identifier: ISSN: 1664-1078
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1664-1078