Research proposal awarded

April 3rd, 2017

Dr. Tommy Dang has been awarded for round 2 of SGIR for the proposal: Teaching Foreign Language Pronunciation through Educational Avatars in the collaboration with:

  • Kimi Nakatsukasa, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Aaron Braver, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Miranda Scolari, Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Science.

Gestures—hand movements that are directly tied to speech—play a crucial role in interaction and communication. In a recent pilot study, we investigated the effective use of gestures for teaching the difference between short and long vowels in Japanese (Iizuka, Nakatsukasa, Braver, and Farley, 2016). The goal of this project is to determine the role instructional gesturing plays in second language acquisition.

The Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research (SGIR) program announced the awarded proposal names for round 2. In the round 2 SGIR awarded 6 proposals of $669,000 in total. More information is available on the Seed Grants webpage.