- Designing for Situated Knowledge in a World of Change
FOKUS offers language courses in Danish, German, English and Chinese based on most recent research on language acquisition,
intercultural communication and technical terminology. Furthermore, the teaching makes use of new technologies and games.
FOKUS offers support to people working within the field of oral,written or electronic communication and facilitates the development
of multilingual terminological and knowledge databases either separately or as an integrated part of teaching and counselling.
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Human-Robot Interaction Lab Sønderborg
Over the past years, human-robot interaction has been established as a useful methodology to investigate various aspects of communication. Especially the interactional functions of linguistic features can be investigated very well using human-robot interaction experiments since robots can be manipulated and controlled in ways humans cannot – without being reductionistic; that is, in contrast to other methods preserves human-robot interaction the dynamics of interaction.
Improving Second Language Pedagogy at the Prosody-Pragmatics Interface Using Human-Robot Interaction
This project aims to fill the gap regarding the teaching of prosody to second language (L2) learners. We analyze real conversation with conversation analytic (CA) methods in order to identify the prosodic features that are used by native speakers to fulfill certain communicative tasks and compare them to L2 learners’ prosody. Once we have identified a linguistic feature as a candidate for a trouble source, we use Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) experiments to investigate communicative functions of that feature in a controllable way.
The project is funded by DFF - The Danish Council for Independent Research