Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

The Role and Shape of Speech Technologies in Well-Designed Language Learning Environments

Jozef Colpaert

IOIW, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

No technology carries an inherent, direct, measurable and generalizable effect on learning. Nor does speech technology. Its assumed added value is not a starting point for design, but a hypothesis resulting from design. Role and shape of speech technologies are simply logical and natural consequences of the specification of an optimal language learning environment for a specific context. This ecological paradigm shift will be illustrated by a discussion of the design concept behind a project on pronunciation training. Challenges for CALL research on this topic will be briefly discussed. This presentation will conclude with some considerations on Educational Engineering and how this approach can be recognized as a novel research method.

Index Terms: pronunciation training, courseware design, learning environments

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Bibliographic reference.  Colpaert, Jozef (2013): "The role and shape of speech technologies in well-designed language learning environments", In SLaTE-2013, 16-19.