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1st March 2020

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What is this research about?

ERLE is a language learning website which uses the emotions of an avatar to give feedback. I am interested in how users interact with the website and the avatar.

Why are you doing this research?

I believe facial expressions are a very important means of non-verbal communication. I want to understand how language learners feel about interacting with an avatar who displays different emotions depending on their sentences.

Why have I been invited to take part?

You are an intermediate English language learner who is over 18. Your teacher/professor has indicated that your level is suitable for this project.

What will happen if I decide to take part in this research study?

If you decide to participate, you will be able to practice your English with the avatar for 30 minutes in each class. You may choose to type or speak to input sentences. You will receive feedback from a native English speaker. This feedback will be shown in the facial expressions of the avatar. If you make mistakes, you will be able to see where the errors are and what the correction is.

How will the data be used?

The sentences you type and speak will be used to understand how you change your language pronunciation and production after receiving feedback. The recordings from the sentences you speak will be saved and used to train a pronunciation model.

How will you protect my privacy?

You will choose a username which has no connection to your real name. In the study you will be referred to only by the basic demographic information you provide: age, sex and nationality.

How is this research funded?

This project is funded by UCD Computer Science.

What are the benefits of taking part in this research study?

You will be able to practice your English. You may find it enjoyable to interact with an avatar who responds to your sentences.

What are the risks of taking part in this research study?

If you see negative expressions from the avatar you may feel bad. When using the speech recognition, it may be frustrating to see a different result from what you expect. The sentences you input by speech may be identifiable.

Can I change my mind at any stage and withdraw from the study?

Yes. You can change your mind anytime and withdraw with no disadvantage. If you wish to withdraw, you can send an email to john.sloan.1@ucdconnect.ie with the subject “withdraw from ERLE - ”. If you want a copy of your data, or wish your data to be deleted, you can state that in the email and we will follow your request.

Has this research project received ethical approval?

Yes.

How will I find out what happens with this project?

You can email - john.sloan.1@ucdconnect.ie

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Background

What is ERLE?

Emotional Response Language Education is a method of language teaching where feedback to learners is provided through facial expressions. On this website, students talk to an animated avatar whose expressions and speech are controlled by a native English teacher.

Can I join?

If you are an intermediate English language learner who is over 18, then yes!

How do I begin?

Click the 'sign up' button and fill in your details.

What happens if I join?

You will be asked to complete a short tutorial, and then you will be able to practice speaking English with a native speaker through the avatar on your phone. The feedback will be shown in the facial expressions of the avatar. If you make mistakes, you will be able to see where the errors are and what the correction is.

What if I make a lot of mistakes when speaking?

That's ok! If you make mistakes, the avatar will look confused. You will be able to see where the errors are and try again. Or you can choose to see what the correction is.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the mistakes you make when speaking English. Every mistake is corrected, so you will be able to see what your common errors are.

how often can I take a class?

You can do one class each day, from Monday to Friday. It is your choice when to take a class. Check the timetable when you sign in to see when classes are open.

How much does it cost?

It is free

Where is UCD?

University College Dublin is a university in Ireland. You can access the website at ucd.ie

How can I contact you?

You can email - ucd.erle@gmail.com