Dr. Yolanda Rankin, Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Sciences has been awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $259,436. Her project entitled, “Computer-Based Social Interactions to Facilitate Language Learning” is designed to explore the development of novices’ (little if any functional ability in the targeted language) Spanish proficiency over time. Utilizing a mobile game as the context for Spanish proficiency, the PI will develop a Game-based Social Interaction Model (GSIM) to motivate the design of conversational computer generated game characters known as Non Player Characters (NPCs). These NPCs will function in the role of native Spanish speakers, providing opportunities for novices’ to interact with them during gameplay as they develop and increase their Spanish proficiency skills.
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