Undergraduate Research & Scholarships

Cathy Zhang L&S Social Sciences

Exploring Language Learning with Immersive Scenarios

Traditional language learning has been a challenging process that emphasizes memorization and repetition, usually in a classroom context. Digital language education could make it possible to immerse individual learners in virtual contexts where they can learn to produce authentic language that imitates real life conversation. The success of such attempts has yet to be widely established. Recent advances in Virtual Reality (VR) immersion and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have the potential to revolutionize the way we learn languages by providing a more immersive and interactive learning experience. My project aims to design a working language-teaching prototype in the Unity game engine that adopts both VR immersion and adaptive AI responses. This will contribute new knowledge to the field of digital language education through assessing the efficacy of incorporating visual immersion and learner-motivated conversation in language instruction to more accurately imitate authentic scenarios ideal for contextualized language learning. It will also produce a primitive, speculative prototype for immersive and adaptive language learning that can inspire further investigation and development.

Message To Sponsor

Thank you so much for your generous contribution to my project. Your support has made it possible for me to engage in meaningful work, making my contribution to education and social good, which is something I've always wanted to do. I am incredibly grateful for your investment in my mission and look forward to keeping you updated on my progress.
Major: Cognitive Science & German
Mentor: Elaine Tennant
Sponsor: Leadership Fund
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