Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2009;10(2):147-168.
Published online December 30, 2009.
The Use of Chatterbots in the Language Classroom
Tanghe Shannon
This paper explores the use of chatterbots, a computerized form of artificial intelligence designed to simulate conversation, in the EFL classroom as an alternative method of promoting technological and communicative literacy. Traditional online chat, while providing a motivating way to develop real world communication skills, can potentially be dangerous, frustrating, and difficult to implement in the classroom. Recognizing the benefits, but striving for a safer replacement tool, this paper proposes the introduction of chatterbots into the EFL classroom, discussing both benefits and weaknesses. Krashen's language acquisition theories as they correlate to the use of chatterbots are defined and discussed. A classroom interview activity utilizing a chatterbot and its correlation to Krashen's hypotheses is also explored.
Key Words: chatterbot;AI;technology;chatting;online

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