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Using an ANN-based computational model to simulate and evaluate Chinese students’ individualized cognitive abilities important in their English acquisition

Yang, Juan; Thomas, Michael; Qi, Xiaofei; Liu, Xuan

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Juan Yang

Michael Thomas

Xuan Liu



Abstract

From a psycholinguistic perspective of view, there are many cognitive differences that matter to individuals’ second language acquisition (SLA). Although many computer-assisted tools have been developed to capture and narrow the differences among learners, the use of these strategies may be highly risky because changing the environments or the participants may lead to failure. In this paper, we propose an artificial neural network (ANN) based computational model to simulate the environment to which students are exposed. The ANN computational model equips English teachers with the ability to quickly find the predicting factors to learners’ overall English competences and also provides teachers with the ability to find abnormal students, based on reviewing their individualized ANN trajectories. Finally, by observing the compound effects of cognitive factors using the same evaluation scale, new hypotheses about the mutual relationships among the phonological awareness, phonological short-term memory and long-term memory abilities of their students can be generated. Our experimental ANNs suggested three detailed corresponding conclusions for the participants’ English teachers. These results provide teachers with guidance in designing and applying cognitive ability-related intervention strategies in their L2 pedagogical activities.

Citation

Yang, J., Thomas, M., Qi, X., & Liu, X. (2019). Using an ANN-based computational model to simulate and evaluate Chinese students’ individualized cognitive abilities important in their English acquisition. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 32(4), 366-397. https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2018.1517125

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Feb 14, 2019
Publication Date 2019
Deposit Date May 2, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2020
Journal Computer Assisted Language Learning
Print ISSN 0958-8221
Electronic ISSN 1744-3210
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 32
Issue 4
Pages 366-397
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09588221.2018.1517125
Keywords Cognitive ability; short-term memory; long-term memory; phonological awareness; artificial neural network; computational model

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