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