Automatic Assessment and Error Detection of Shadowing Speech: Case of English Spoken by Japanese Learners

Shuju Shi, Yosuke Kashiwagi, Shohei Toyama, Junwei Yue, Yutaka Yamauchi, Daisuke Saito, Nobuaki Minematsu


Shadowing is a task where the subject is required to repeat the presented speech as s/he hears it. Although shadowing is cognitively a challenging task, it is considered as an efficient way of language training since it includes processes of listening, speaking and comprehension simultaneously. Our previous study realized automatic assessment of shadowing speech using the average of Goodness of Pronunciation (GOP) scores. But the fact that shadowing often includes broken utterances makes this approach insufficient. This study attempts to improve automatic assessment and, at the same time, give corrective feedbacks to learners based on error detection. We first manually labeled shadowing speech of 10 female and 10 male speakers and defined ten typical error types including word omission, substitution etc.. Forced alignment with adjusted grammar and GOP scores are adopted to detect word omission errors and poorly pronounced words. In the experiments, GOP scores, Word Recognition Rate (WRR), silence ratio, forced alignment log-likelihood scores, word omission rate are used to predict the overall proficiency of the individual speakers. The mean correlation coefficient between automatic scores and the speaker’s TOEIC scores is 0.81, improved by 13% relatively. The detection accuracy of word omission is 73%.


DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-915

Cite as

Shi, S., Kashiwagi, Y., Toyama, S., Yue, J., Yamauchi, Y., Saito, D., Minematsu, N. (2016) Automatic Assessment and Error Detection of Shadowing Speech: Case of English Spoken by Japanese Learners. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 3142-3146.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Shi+2016,
author={Shuju Shi and Yosuke Kashiwagi and Shohei Toyama and Junwei Yue and Yutaka Yamauchi and Daisuke Saito and Nobuaki Minematsu},
title={Automatic Assessment and Error Detection of Shadowing Speech: Case of English Spoken by Japanese Learners},
year=2016,
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},
doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2016-915},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2016-915},
pages={3142--3146}
}