The PIP LANG is an online language solution where learners can practice the model conversations in their textbooks with virtual native speakers of the language (as language partners). Learners can record their own pronunciation and get feedback immediately and automatically. They can also record their turn of conversation shared with virtual native speakers and check their performances. Instructors can create online classrooms on the PIP LANG homepage for their students. Students can submit their speaking assignments to the online classroom, and the instructor can manage their class assignments. This acts as ‘Learning Management System (LMS), just like D2L, Canvas, Moodle, or Blackboard.

Theories applied in the PIP LANG

This study examines the effect of using the PIP LANG in asynchronous online language classes. The PIP LANG is a pre-programmed Web platform that provides learners with a conversation partner 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 learner groups to measure learners’ perception of each learning environment. There was no significant difference in the oral performance between two groups on the 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 the author or author of a language textbook wants to adapt the PIP LANG, you can contact pip@kongnpark.com.