A Partner Robot for Decreasing Negative Concerns in Collaborative Reading
Collaborative reading in English is instructive for second language learners to improve their communication skills. However, it is not easy for Japanese learners to read English sentences in collaboration with a partner due to their embarrassment and uncomfortableness. In this work, we propose a partner robot for collaborative reading of English sentences. This paper demonstrates the partner robot system we have developed, and reports a case study with it. The results suggest that the robot system decreases learners’ embarrassment and uncomfortableness, improves their engagement in and concentration on collaborative reading, and gives a sense of self-efficacy as to improving their English communication skills more than collaborative reading with human partner.
Keywordscollaborative reading second language learning partner robot
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This work is supported in part by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 18K19836 and 18H01053.
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