Task-based Interactive Language and Culture Trainer

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Special Operations Command
Amount:
$99,919.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
H92222-06-P-0044
Award Id:
78215
Agency Tracking Number:
S061-010-0095
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
3452 Lake Lynda Dr., Suite 260, Orlando, FL, 32817
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
799834254
Principal Investigator:
EdwardSims
Chief Technology Officer
(407) 737-7309
eds@vcom3d.com
Business Contact:
CarolWideman
Chief Executive Officer
(407) 737-4695
carolw@vcom3d.com
Research Institute:
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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