9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

DISCO: Development and Integration of Speech Technology into Courseware for Language Learning

Catia Cucchiarini, Joost van Doremalen, Helmer Strik

Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Recent research has shown that a properly designed ASR-based CALL system (Dutch-CAPT) was capable of detecting pronunciation errors and of providing comprehensible feedback on pronunciation. Since pronunciation is not the only skill required for speaking a second language, we explored the possibility of extending the Dutch- CAPT approach to other aspects of speaking proficiency like morphology and syntax. In this paper we explain how a number of errors in morphology and syntax that are common in spoken Dutch L2 could be addressed in an ASR-based CALL system. Finally, we present our new project in which corrective feedback will be provided on all three aspects of spoken proficiency: pronunciation, morphology and syntax.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cucchiarini, Catia / Doremalen, Joost van / Strik, Helmer (2008): "DISCO: development and integration of speech technology into courseware for language learning", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 2791-2794.