Learning a new language always seems difficult in the beginning, especially the Mandarin language. Hence, it is very important that students get many opportunities to speak and practice to improve their conversational skills. Though one can acquire fluency in speaking and writing through rigorous practice, the essence of a natural tone always seems missing. One effective way to gain a natural tone is through a cultural connection with the Chinese people. And it is not possible for everyone to visit china and get acquainted with their culture and tradition. So, what is the way ahead?
To overcome this challenge, technology giant IBM came up with an AI-powered assistant with a virtual classroom environment. This is the first of its kind and has not been used before for any language instruction. The classroom environment, Cognitive Immersive Room (CIR), as it is called, will make students feel that they are in China and they can talk to the AI-enabled assistant.
How Does CIR Works?
The AI assistant is fitted with some of the latest and state-of-art technologies such as
- Speech to text
- Natural language understanding
- Computer programs to facilitate natural and multimodal conversation
Apart from these hi-tech technologies, the classroom also includes:
- A 360-degree panoramic visual display system
- An audio system
- Several cameras
- Multiple devices
- Various microphones
- Computer systems to support the AI technologies
This latest technology combined with cognitive and immersive technology is going to be a game-changer for students to get the feeling of the cultural environment, practice day-to-day tasks, and take help from assistants in case of any difficulty.
One of the biggest issues among students in learning a foreign language through immersion technology is the fear of being judged by native speakers. But in the case of learning Mandarin through Cognitive Immersive Room (CIR), learners can practice with virtual partners to gain fluency in vocabulary and pronunciation without any fear of getting judged by others.
Also, many students don’t feel comfortable speaking with their counterparts in the real classroom. Some are slow learners while some take help from audio tape to grab the fluency in the language. But with the help of this latest technology, students can overcome all these challenges to learn mandarin effectively.
Boon for Students and Non-speakers
Not only IBM but also many technology giants have been working in the field of cognitive and immersive learning with the help of virtual and augmented reality. IBM’s AI came as a boon for learners to tackle their problem of not getting the real environmental feeling. Now, with the help of this revolutionary technology students can learn the language in a real-world type of environment. They don’t have to wear any specialized devices like other virtual reality experience. This augurs well for the interaction between humans and computers as computers’ involvement in human life is going to increase in the coming time. As we move ahead in the world of AI and the Internet of Things, our interactions with machines will take the shape of partnership.
Like other fields in our life, learning was till recently untouched with virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Now, companies are spending heavily in the field of cognitive learning to make better products for human learning. IBM’s CRI is the first step towards this approach. No matter which part of the world you are living in, if you want to learn a foreign language these technologies can help you in learning the language smoothly. As far as learning the Chinese language is concerned, it is widely known how difficult it is. But with technological advancement, now it will become a lot easier for people to learn the language. Though you can join an institute in Dubai for a classroom program, yet if you take the help of CRI, then this will be highly effective in learning.