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Title: Robotics in Language Learning: A Systematic Review
Authors: Psara, Eftihia 
Keywords: Robot-assisted-language-learning;RALL;Systematic review;Language learning
Advisor: Parmaxi, Antigoni
Athanasiou, Androulla
Issue Date: May-2020
Department: Language Centre
Faculty: Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
Abstract: In this paper, scientific literature of the use of robotics in language learning from 2010 to 2020 is being reviewed to answer specific questions regarding: a) the type(s) of robots that have been used in language learning, b) the benefits and challenges in the use of robotics in language classrooms, c) the skills that have been targeted with the use of robotics, d) future research directions recommended in the literature related to the use of robotics in language learning, e) the evaluation methods of learning and knowledge of students when robotics are used in language classrooms and f) the languages that have been explored through Robotic Assisted Language Learning (RALL), g) the educational levels in which RALL has been investigated and h) the geographical distribution in countries in which RALL research has been conducted. A systematic online search on bibliographic databases was conducted and 60 articles were selected and included in the study. Based on the results, in most of the cases speaking and vocabulary skills of English as a second or a foreign language were explored. In addition, most of the studies followed an experimental research design creating a pre-test and a post-test for student learning and knowledge evaluation. The results also suggest possible benefits and challenges of the use of robotics in the language classroom. Some of the major benefits concluded in the review are the positive effects on motivation and engagement when the implementation of a robot is used to learn a language as well as the decrease of embarrassment and discomfort and the provision of authentic communicative practice.Challenges include the distraction caused in classrooms when robots are used, technical issues and the individual differences of learners. The analysis of the papers showed that most of the research has been carried out in Asia which holds the highest percentage with 61.8% while the most explored educational level is primary education. Based on the results of the review future directions and recommendations are also pointed out for researchers interested in robotic assisted language learning.
Rights: Απαγορεύεται η δημοσίευση ή αναπαραγωγή, ηλεκτρονική ή άλλη χωρίς τη γραπτή συγκατάθεση του δημιουργού και κάτοχου των πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: MSc Thesis
Affiliation: Cyprus University of Technology 
Appears in Collections:Μεταπτυχιακές Εργασίες/ Master's thesis

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