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

The PIP LANG is an online language solution where students can practice the model conversations in their textbooks with virtual native speakers of the language (as language partners). Students can record their own pronunciation and get feedback immediately and automatically (Listen & Practice). They can also practice speaking/conversation with virtual native speakers of the language by taking turns at talking (Pronunciation practice, Interpretation Practice, and Performance Practice). They can have numerous opportunities to practice speaking with native speakers of the language, which is not possible in the traditional offline classrooms where they usually practice speaking with same-level classmates!

Teachers can offer 100% asynchronous online courses (e.g., the University of Colorado at Boulder since Summer 2016) or hybrid courses (e.g., the University of Colorado at Boulder and Denver University since Fall 2012) in regular academic terms and summer terms. They can create their own online classrooms for their students. The students can submit their speaking/conversation assignments to the online classroom, and their teachers can easily manage their class assignments for grades.

What theories are the PIP LANG based on?

Theories applied in the PIP LANG

What did the research on the PIP LANG find?

This study examines the effect of using the PIP LANG in asynchronous online language classes. The 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 the 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. The 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, “Development of Korean materials in online and app formats.” The 28th International Conference on Korean Language Education, Kyung Hee University, July, 2018.)

The PIP LANG Adaption Inquiry

The 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 the PIP LANG based on an exclusive contract with the inventor. If an author or an author of a language textbook wants to adapt the PIP LANG, you can contact pip@kongnpark.com.