Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
(EUROSPEECH'99)

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Curricula and Courseware in Spoken Language Engineering in Europe: a Critical Appraisal

Michael F. McTear

University of Ulster, UK
(on behalf of the Spoken Language Engineering Working Group of the Socrates Thematic Network on Speech Communication Science)

This paper summarises work by the Spoken Language Engineering (SLE) Working Group of the Socrates Thematic Network in Speech Communication Sciences. The thematic network has shown that computer-based teaching aids are vital to the future development of SLE education. This follows from the multidisciplinary and technical nature of SLE, which requires novel ways of presenting unfamiliar material. The paper analyses software resources available in relation to curricular requirements and educational criteria and makes recommendations for modules in an SLE curriculum. In addition, we identify areas for which high-quality courseware is, to our knowledge, unavailable and identify actions to fill these remaining gaps.


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Bibliographic reference.  McTear, Michael F. (1999): "Curricula and courseware in spoken language engineering in europe: a critical appraisal", In EUROSPEECH'99, 635-638.