Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE2007)

The Summit Inn, Farmington, PA, USA
October 1-3, 2007

The Effect of Oral Repetition on L2 Speech Fluency: An Experimental Tool and Language Tutor

Yuki Yoshimura, Brian MacWhinney

Language Technologies Institute & Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

This paper discusses the effects of oral repetition and practice in improving speech fluency for adult second language acquisition. The experiment examined the impact of practice on fluency in learning Japanese as a second language. The measures included read-aloud time and speech production time during sentence rehearsal. The results indicated gradual improvement of speech fluency as the number of practice trials increases. Implications and directions for technology to promote fluency are discussed from the perspective of psycholinguistic research.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yoshimura, Yuki / MacWhinney, Brian (2007): "The effect of oral repetition on L2 speech fluency: an experimental tool and language tutor", In SLaTE-2007, 25-28.