What is PIP LANG? What can teachers and students do with it?

PIP LANG, developed in cooperation with Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an online solution for Korean language learning. With PIP LANG, teachers can create online assignments in which students record conversations with virtual native speakers on a turn-by-turn basis. As such, PIP LANG's online platform dramatically increases student opportunities for speaking and conversation practice

What theories are PIP LANG based on?

Theories applied in PIP LANG

What did the research on PIP LANG find?

This study examines the effect of using PIP LANG in asynchronous online language classes. PIP LANG is a pre-programmed online language solution that provides learners with conversation partners in a computer-assisted language learning environment. Eighty beginning Korean learners at a university in the United States participated in the research. The online group (N=38) used PIP LANG to practice conversation, and the classroom group (N=42) had traditional teacher-driven conversation activities. The performance of both groups was measured by oral assessments, which were evaluated in terms of task completion, pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary. Written surveys were also taken from both learning groups to measure the learners’ perception of each learning environment. There was no significant difference in the oral performance between two groups as a whole. It seems, however, that the online learning environment has more advantages in practicing pronunciation than the classroom setting. The online group showed less anxiety from the conversation activities, and the classroom group had more self-efficacy in building their communication ability. PIP LANG proved to be an effective tool for conversation practice in computer-assisted language learning.

KEYWORDS: virtual speaker, computer-assisted language learning, asynchronous online learning, conversation

(Presented by Kim & Baik, “Can a virtual speaker in an online course be an alternative to a human conversation partner?” The 28th International Conference on Korean Language Education, Kyung Hee University, July, 2018.)

PIP LANG Adaption Inquiry

PIP LANG is in accordance with the Patent Act; a patent for the invention has been registered at the Korean Intellectual Property Office. KONG & PARK, INC. has developed PIP LANG based on an exclusive contract with the inventor. If an author or an author of a language textbook wants to adapt PIP LANG, you can contact pip@kongnpark.com.