The Journal of Information and Systems in Education
Online ISSN : 2186-3679
Print ISSN : 1348-236X
ISSN-L : 1348-236X
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Web-services Based Conversational Agent to Encourage Willingness to Communicate in the EFL Context
Emmanuel AyedounYuki HayashiKazuhisa Seta
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2016 Volume 15 Issue 1 Pages 15-27

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In this paper, we propose an embodied conversational agent based on the willingness to communicate (WTC) model in L2 to help increase WTC in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) by providing users with various daily conversation contexts. To simulate realistic and efficient conversations, we adopted a semantic approach in the response generation and created a system with flexible and adaptable domain knowledge, user's intent detection, and mixed-initiative conversation strategy. Our evaluation of the proposed system demonstrated its potential to simulate efficiently natural conversations in a specific context as well as the feasibility of improving learners' WTC using a computer-based environment.

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