Poster Title

An Assistive Tool for L-2 Learners

Co-Author(s)

Zachary Dunnewind

Research Mentor(s)

Yudong Liu, James Hearne

Affiliated Department

Computer Sciences

Sort Order

03

Start Date

14-5-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

14-5-2015 2:00 PM

Document Type

Event

Abstract

Our senior project is an assistive tool for second language learners. The tool utilizes SMI's eye-tracking device to detect the user's level of comprehension of a given text, and provides hints (in the form of word definitions) to the struggling user. The program utilizes a pre-made dictionary, but we've also provided a separate tool to allow users to add their own definitions and modify existing entries. The primary tool checks user comprehension by recording the amount of time spent looking at each word; longer times indicate greater difficulty. Above a certain time threshold, the program provides a prompt on the side of the screen, displaying the word and a definition in the user's native language. Future plans for the project include: adding individual user accounts, recording users' comprehension of specific words and texts and measuring users' progress in learning the second language, and implementing different kinds of assistance (such as including images with the definitions, synonyms, or assistance with sentence structure).

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
May 14th, 10:00 AM May 14th, 2:00 PM

An Assistive Tool for L-2 Learners

Computer Sciences

Our senior project is an assistive tool for second language learners. The tool utilizes SMI's eye-tracking device to detect the user's level of comprehension of a given text, and provides hints (in the form of word definitions) to the struggling user. The program utilizes a pre-made dictionary, but we've also provided a separate tool to allow users to add their own definitions and modify existing entries. The primary tool checks user comprehension by recording the amount of time spent looking at each word; longer times indicate greater difficulty. Above a certain time threshold, the program provides a prompt on the side of the screen, displaying the word and a definition in the user's native language. Future plans for the project include: adding individual user accounts, recording users' comprehension of specific words and texts and measuring users' progress in learning the second language, and implementing different kinds of assistance (such as including images with the definitions, synonyms, or assistance with sentence structure).