Task-based Interactive Language and Culture Trainer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-06-P-0044
Agency Tracking Number: S061-010-0095
Amount: $99,919.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM06-010
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Small Business Information
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260, Orlando, FL, 32817
DUNS: 799834254
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Sims
 Chief Technology Officer
 (407) 737-7309
 eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact
 Carol Wideman
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (407) 737-4695
Email: carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

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