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Proficiency and Preference Using Local Language with a Teachable Agent

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Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED 2017)


With a teachable agent system and a set of linguistically diverse comparison prototypes, we explore questions of proficiency with and preference for local language agents in two sites in the Philippines. We found that students in a higher-performing school produce more English-language math explanations at a faster rate than students in a lower-performing school, who were more proficient in their local language. However, these students preferred the English-language agent, while students in the higher-performing school had equal preference for agents who communicates in the local language. These findings demonstrate the complex interactions between language and engagement in AIED systems.

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    kasi dapat natuto ka ng maaga ng algebra.

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    Ahh, ano, parang tao na rin, kay pareho man kami ng language na gigamit.

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    “ano ka man oi, English-English ka man?”.


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We thank the Jacobs Foundation and ALLS, DISCS, & ACED of Ateneo de Manila.

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Ogan, A., Yarzebinski, E., De Roock, R., Dumdumaya, C., Banawan, M., Rodrigo, M.M. (2017). Proficiency and Preference Using Local Language with a Teachable Agent. In: André, E., Baker, R., Hu, X., Rodrigo, M., du Boulay, B. (eds) Artificial Intelligence in Education. AIED 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10331. Springer, Cham.

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