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Robot-Assisted Instruction of L2 Pragmatics: Effects on Young EFL Learners’ Speech Act Performance

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dc.contributor.author Alemi, Minoo
dc.contributor.author Haeri, Nafiseh
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-25T18:58:13Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-25T18:58:13Z
dc.date.issued 2020-06-01
dc.identifier.citation Alemi, M., & Haeri, N. S. (2020). Robot-Assisted Instruction of L2 Pragmatics: Effects on Young EFL Learners’ Speech Act Performance. Language Learning & Technology, 24(2), 86–103. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44727
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/44727
dc.description.abstract Technology, as a source of instruction, has fulfilled various purposes in foreign language learning environments. During the last decade, Robot-Assisted Language Learning (RALL) has attracted teachers’ and researchers’ attention due to the look and feel of humanoid robots. However, in the field of pragmatics, studies highlighting the role of RALL have gone relatively unnoticed. To bridge this gap, this study sought to explore the effect of RALL on pragmatic features, including request and thanking speech acts by young Persian-speaking EFL learners. For this aim, 38 preschool children (3 to 6 year-old boys and girls) with no English learning experience were randomly assigned to the RALL (19 students) and non-RALL (19 students) groups. In the RALL group, a humanoid robot was used as an assistant to the teacher to play games, repeat the sentences, and interact with the students. In the non-RALL group the lessons included games similar to those in the RALL group, but without the presence of the robot. There were eight one-hour teaching sessions over a period of four weeks for both groups. Following completion of the lessons in both groups, the results of post-tests were analyzed using an independent sample t-test. The findings revealed a significant difference between the RALL and non-RALL groups’ pragmatic performance for thanking and requesting. Based on these findings it can be concluded that RALL instruction was more effective than non-RALL instruction in improving the young learners’ performance.
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin)
dc.subject RALL
dc.subject Humanoid robot
dc.subject Pragmatics instruction
dc.subject young EFL learners
dc.title Robot-Assisted Instruction of L2 Pragmatics: Effects on Young EFL Learners’ Speech Act Performance
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doi 10125/44727
prism.volume 24
prism.number 2
prism.startingpage 86
prism.endingpage 103
Appears in Collections: Volume 24 Number 2, June 2020 Special Issue:Technology-enhanced L2 Instructional Pragmatics


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