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Elin Ericsson

Doctoral student

Dept. of Applied IT, Division of Learning, Communication &
IT
Visiting address
Forskningsgången 6
41756 Göteborg
Postal address
41296 Göteborg

About Elin Ericsson

Elin's PhD research project is within the field of computer-assisted language learning (CALL). It is about Secondary school students' experiences of practising foreign language speaking skills with virtual humans in Spoken dialogue systems. She has conducted three intervention studies on students in formal educational settings using two different systems with simulated spoken interaction in everyday life scenarios with practical tasks to solve in the target language. As a springboard for the research project, she explored foreign language teachers' attitudes and experiences of using educational digital tools with a special focus on speaking skills. The theoretical framing combines a sociocultural perspective of learning by means of interaction with others and pragmatic hands-on speaking activities. Elin has a mixed-method approach using questionnaires, logbooks, interviews and system-generated metrics for producing data.

Elin has a former background as a teacher in French, Spanish and English and with many years of experience working with development and leadership of digitalisation within education. Her interest in foreign language education and technology has taken her to Gothenburg University, where she is a PhD Student at the Department of Applied Information Technology. She is part of the research school CUL (Center for Educational Science and Teacher Research) and the national graduate school GRADE focusing on digital technologies in education.