Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

The Role of Corrective Feedback in Second Language Learning: New Research Possibilities by Combining CALL and Speech Technology

Bart Penning de Vries, Catia Cucchiarini, Helmer Strik, Roeland van Hout

Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands

The role of corrective feedback (CF) is debated in second language acquisition (SLA). It has not been unequivocally shown that CF is effective in SLA, in particular not in the case of on-line processing, as in oral second language (L2) proficiency. This might be because, to date, it has not been feasible to create appropriate research conditions. We claim that these problems can be alleviated by resorting to a computer assisted language learning (CALL) environment in which learners receive CF individually, on spoken output. Learner output is analyzed using automatic speech recognition (ASR). In the project FASOP (Feedback on Syntax in Oral Proficiency) we intend to use an ASR-based CALL system to generate different types of CF and to test their effectiveness. The central question in this project is whether CF on syntax contributes to the development of oral proficiency when it is provided under near-optimal conditions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Vries, Bart Penning de / Cucchiarini, Catia / Strik, Helmer / Hout, Roeland van (2010): "The role of corrective feedback in second language learning: new research possibilities by combining CALL and speech technology", In L2WS-2010, paper O4-5.