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

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

An Experience with a Spanish Second Language Learning Tool in a Multilingual Environment

Oscar Saz (1), Victoria Rodríguez (2), Eduardo Lleida (1), William Ricardo Rodríguez (1), Carlos Vaquero (1)

(1) Communications Technology Group (GTC), Aragón Institute for Engineering Research (I3A), Universit
(2) Vienna International School, Vienna, Austria
(2) Vienna International School, Vienna, Austria

This paper presents the results of an experience with “VocalizaL2”, an application for Second Language (L2) learning of Spanish, in a multilingual environment at the Vienna International School (VIS). For the experiment, a group of 6th-graders at the school practiced with the application during 5 sessions altogether with their regular classes. The results of the experiment show on one hand, the great motivation power that computer-based L2 tools have for the pronunciation training of young learners, while also resulting useful for the teachers. On the technical aspect, the tool and the algorithms within are described and a preliminary analysis points out their ability to correct and motivate non-native Spanish pronunciation.

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Bibliographic reference.  Saz, Oscar / Rodríguez, Victoria / Lleida, Eduardo / Rodríguez, William Ricardo / Vaquero, Carlos (2009): "An experience with a Spanish second language learning tool in a multilingual environment", In SLaTE-2009, 93-96.