Ninth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
September 17-21, 2006

Development of a Program for Self Assessment of Japanese Pronunciation by English Learners

Chiharu Tsurutani (1), Yutaka Yamauchi (2), Nobuaki Minematsu (3), Dean Luo (3), Kazutaka Maruyama (3), Keikichi Hirose (3)

(1) Griffith University, Australia; (2) Tokyo International University, Japan; (3) University of Tokyo, Japan

A program for self assessment of Japanese pronunciation by Englishspeaking learners was developed using a language model built with input from a language teacher in collaboration with speech engineers. This collaboration enhanced the programís capacity for accurate assessment and provides practical support to users by linking evaluation with feedback, and an editorial function of error patterns. The program drew positive responses from participants in a trial run. This paper discusses the development of our language model, the function and evaluation of this self assessment program.

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Bibliographic reference.  Tsurutani, Chiharu / Yamauchi, Yutaka / Minematsu, Nobuaki / Luo, Dean / Maruyama, Kazutaka / Hirose, Keikichi (2006): "Development of a program for self assessment of Japanese pronunciation by English learners", In INTERSPEECH-2006, paper 1805-Tue1WeS.7.