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dc.contributor.advisorMcCalla, Gordonen_US
dc.creatorDemmans Epp, Carrie A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-08T12:00:18Zen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-04T04:42:56Z
dc.date.available2011-07-09T08:00:00Zen_US
dc.date.available2013-01-04T04:42:56Z
dc.date.created2010-06en_US
dc.date.issued2010-06en_US
dc.date.submittedJune 2010en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/etd-07082010-120018en_US
dc.description.abstractSecond language learners face many challenges when learning a new language. To determine which challenges learners needed additional support in overcoming, we conducted a needs assessment of the Russian language program at the University of Saskatchewan and found that their students needed the most help with speaking in Russian. As a result, we designed an Intelligent Tutoring System (ITS) to help students learn how to pronounce Russian properly. We hoped to alleviate some of the challenges that learners face when learning to pronounce words in a second language by building an ITS that uses a Historic Open Learner Model (HOLM) to encourage learner reflection and to help maintain learner motivation. We designed, built, and performed a formative evaluation of a system, called ProTutor, using beginner learners of Russian as a second language at the University of Saskatchewan. This evaluation showed that learners have a positive perception of HOLMs and of the system as a whole. However, ProTutor needs further evaluation in order to determine its effectiveness as a learning aide.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectartificial intelligence in educationen_US
dc.subjectcomputer assisted language learningen_US
dc.subjectopen learner modelingen_US
dc.titleProtutor : a pronunciation tutor that uses historic open learner modelsen_US
thesis.degree.departmentComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineComputer Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewanen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.Sc.)en_US
dc.type.materialtexten_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVassileva, Julitaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberProctor, Lenen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGreer, Jimen_US


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