ISCA International Workshop on Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2009)

Wroxall Abbey Estate, Warwickshire, England
September 3-5, 2009

Spoken Dialog Systems for Learning Foreign Language Communication Skills

Andre Valente, W. Lewis Johnson

Alelo Inc., USA

Alelo develops a variety of products for learning foreign languages and cultures. These systems make heavy use of speech and language technologies, particularly in spoken dialog with animated non-player characters. This demonstration will feature two of these systems. We will show one of the Operational Language and Culture family of products.
   These are self-paced computer-based learning environments that help learners acquire mission-related communication skills. Versions of these learning environments are in use by military forces in the United States, Australia, and other countries. Both personal computers (with speech recognition) and iPods (without speech recognition) are supported. Languages supported include Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu, French, and Indonesian. We will also show the GoEnglish Web site. Developed for Voice of America, GoEnglish is intended to help language learners around the world learn American language and culture. Spoken language exercises help learners at a range of levels to develop proficiency in spoken colloquial American English. Versions for multiple first languages are available.

Bibliographic reference.  Valente, Andre / Johnson, W. Lewis (2009): "Spoken dialog systems for learning foreign language communication skills", In SLaTE-2009 (abstract).