About

Educational technology is my passion. This is reflected in my approach to teaching and learning, and simultaneously fosters my on-going research into the development of intelligent language tutoring systems (ILTS).

My field of research is robot assisted language learning (RALL). This includes investigations into the use of robots and autonomous systems to scaffold language learning, the affordances they offer, and in which specific contexts. I am equally intrigued by the affective effects of using autonomous robots for language learning, and the value human robot interaction (HRI). I am interested in the cognitive capacity of robots to respond in language-learning contexts, and how using robots enables us to gain a greater understanding of cognitive neuroscience and the language learning process.

My current research focuses on the practical and theoretical perspectives of the benefits and pedagogical potential of using chatbot teachers to assist in language learning, and to promote effecting learner interaction in a Learner <-> Chatbot scenario.