Maximizing Intrinsic Learning in an App-Based Approach to Language Learning

This research is focused on optimizing the language learning that occurs when students are allowed to practice English by conversing with native English speakers via a smartphone app, specifically Goji. Learning is best when the student maximizes the density of their practice, returning to practice often. This research will focus on the characteristics of the native English speaking “mentors” such as their personality, intelligence, and even physical appearance. We will assess the extent to which various characteristics predict how often a student chooses to practice and, through practice, the success level they achieve.
Our findings will be useful in terms of informing the mentor characteristics most relevant to student success. This will allow a more informed hiring process and, ultimately, a better learning experience for students.

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Irameet Kaur
Faculty Supervisor: 
Steve Joordens
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Ontario
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