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Task-based Interactive Language and Culture Trainer

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Department of Defense
Special Operations Command
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Vcom3D, Inc.
11474 Corporate Blvd Suite 140 Orlando, FL 32817-8385
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Task-based Interactive Language and Culture Trainer
Agency / Branch: DOD / SOCOM
Contract: H92222-06-P-0044
Award Amount: $99,919.00


For this Phase I SBIR project, we will identify promising, task-based instructional strategies for teaching foreign languages and cultures using authentic, interactive training vignettes. Using a standards-based framework for authoring and delivery, we will create proof-of-concept vignettes that place the learners in realistic situations in which they must try to elicit information from, or influence the behavior of, simulated characters that speak the target language and practice the culture of the region of interest. These vignettes will include student interaction through speech, text, navigation, and interaction with the environment. By conducting an evaluation of the proof-of-concept scenarios, we will develop a design baseline and estimates of cost and effectiveness for a Phase II development. We will also identify enhancements of instructional methodology and authoring tools required to improve training efficiency. For Phase II, we will use lessons learned from Phase I to develop a fully functional prototype course for training users to read, write, speak, and understand the selected language at a minimum of ILR level 0+/0+/0+ proficiency, and to retain at least 70% of cultural content taught.

Principal Investigator:

Edward M. Sims
Chief Technology Officer

Business Contact:

Carol J. Wideman
Chief Executive Officer
Small Business Information at Submission:

3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260 Orlando, FL 32817

EIN/Tax ID: 593419305
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No