Tactical Language and Culture Training Systems: Using AI to Teach Foreign Languages and Cultures

W. Lewis Johnson, Andre Valente

Abstract


The Tactical Language and Culture Training System (TLCTS) helps people quickly acquire communicative skills in foreign languages and cultures.  More than 40,000 learners worldwide have used TLCTS courses.  TLCTS utilizes artificial intelligence technologies during the authoring process, and at run time to process learner speech, engage in dialog, and evaluate and assess learner performance. This paper describes the architecture of TLCTS and the artificial intelligence technologies that it employs, and presents results from multiple evaluation studies that demonstrate the benefits of learning foreign language and culture using this approach.


Keywords


life-like characters, speech understanding, discourse, virtual reality, multi-agent systems

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1609/aimag.v30i2.2240

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