Animated Agents the Topic of Foreign Language Presentation at RIT, Feb. 11

Colloquium on foreign languages and cultures discusses use of animated teachers

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The Department of Foreign Languages at Rochester Institute of Technology will host a presentation about the use of animated agents in foreign language education at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the College of Liberal Arts faculty commons. This presentation is open to the public.

The presentation will discuss animated pedagogical agents, which are visual interfaces that mediate between the computer and the learner. These agents, which act as teachers, are used in order to achieve more natural, human-like communication as information is provided and feedback is offered.

The communicative abilities of animated agents gain special importance in the field of second and foreign language learning. They can be used to help students better understand social conventions and non-verbal behaviors associated with different languages.

Interpreters are available upon request and availability. For further information, call (585) 475-2018.