Foreign Language Tutoring and Learning Environment

  • Henry Hamburger
  • Raza Hashim
Conference paper
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 80)


In the FLUENT project, we contemplate and implement immersion-style computational environments for learning a foreign language. Immersion environments encourage the student to use the new language, not analyze or translate it. To this end, the student and the tutor engage in two-way, two-medium communication, where the two media are linguistic and spatial. Our design strategy is to attempt to capture in computational form some of the most effective aspects of the immersive methods that human teachers use with beginning students. The paper provides a rationale for immersion, presents a prototype system, and goes on to delineate component requirements for a full-fledged system.


foreign language language learning immersion learning environment natural approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Hamburger
    • 2
  • Raza Hashim
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Naval Research LaboratoryNavy Center for Applied Research in Artificial IntelligenceUSA

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