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Lark Trills for Language Drills: Text-to-speech technology for language learners.

Conference paper
Authors Elena Volodina
Dijana Pijetlovic
Published in Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications, June 4, 2015, Denver, Colorado, USA
Pages 107-117
ISBN 978-1-941643-35-8
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 107-117
Language en
Links www.aclweb.org/anthology/W15-0613
Keywords ICALL, text-to-speech texhnology, language learning, spelling, exercise generation
Subject categories Language Technology (Computational Linguistics), Educational Sciences, Swedish language

Abstract

This paper reports on the development and the initial evaluation of a dictation&spelling prototype exercise for second language (L2) learners of Swedish based on text-to-speech (TTS) technology. Implemented on an already existing Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL) platform, the exercise has not only served as a test case for TTS in L2 environment, but has also shown a potential to train listening and orthographic skills, as well as has become a way of collecting learner-specific spelling errors into a database. Exercise generation re-uses well-annotated corpora, lexical resources, and text-to-speech technology with an accompanying talking head.

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