Bots for language learning now: Current and future directions Fryer, Luke Coniam, David Carpenter, Rollo Lăpușneanu, Diana
dc.contributor.editor Robert Godwin-Jones 2020-06-25T18:57:30Z 2020-06-25T18:57:30Z 2020-06-01
dc.description.abstract Bots are destined to dominate how humans interact with the internet of things that continues to grow around them. Despite their still budding intellectual capacity, major companies (e.g., Apple, Google and Amazon) have already placed (chat)bots at the centre of their flagship devices. (Chat)Bots currently fill the internet acting as guides, merchants and assistants. Chatbots, designed as communicators, however, have yet to make a meaningful contribution to perhaps their most natural vocation: foreign language learning partners. This review engages in three questions that surround this issue: 1. Why are chatbots not already at the centre of foreign language learning? 2. What are two key developers of chatbots working towards that might push chatbots into the language learning spotlight? 3. What might researchers, educators, and developers together do to support chatbots as foreign language learning partners right now?
dc.identifier.citation Fryer, L. K., Coniam, D., Carpenter, R., & Lăpușneanu, D. (2020). Bots for language learning now: Current and future directions. Language Learning & Technology, 24(2), 8–22. Retrieved from
dc.identifier.doi 10125/44719
dc.identifier.issn 1094-3501
dc.publisher University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.publisher Center for Language & Technology
dc.publisher (co-sponsored by Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin)
dc.subject Bots
dc.subject Chatbots
dc.subject Conversational Agents
dc.subject Language Learning
dc.title Bots for language learning now: Current and future directions
dc.type Column
dc.type.dcmi Text
local.llt.topic Emerging Technologies
prism.endingpage 22
prism.number 2
prism.publicationname Language Learning & Technology
prism.startingpage 8
prism.volume 24
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