Speech and Language Technology in Education (SLaTE 2013)

Grenoble, France
August 30-September 1, 2013

The Digital Instructor for Literacy Learning

Catia Cucchiarini (1), Ineke van de Craats (2), Jan Deutekom (3), Helmer Strik (1,2)

(1) Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(2) Department of Linguistics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
(3) Department of Innovation, Friesland College, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

The DigLIn project aims at providing concrete solutions for adult literacy students by developing and testing L2 literacy acquisition material in four different languages and by employing Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) to analyse the learner's read speech output and provide feedback. We develop the technology and design sample exercises for different languages (Dutch, English, German and Finnish) and test them in literacy classes in adult education centres with adult L2 learners.
   Existing language learning material for loweducated second language learners developed at Friesland College (the digital sources of the FC Sprint2) is augmented with an ASR module capable of recognizing what the learners say, of diagnosing possible errors in reading aloud or pronunciation and of providing practice and feedback in learning to read aloud in the L2.

Index Terms: adult literacy learning, language and speech technology, second language acquisition

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Bibliographic reference.  Cucchiarini, Catia / Craats, Ineke van de / Deutekom, Jan / Strik, Helmer (2013): "The digital instructor for literacy learning", In SLaTE-2013, 96-101.