Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

A Resource for Learning Swedish Oral Skills

Linda Ösp Heimisdóttir (1), Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm (2), Ian Alden Coots (3), Kateri Krantz-Odendahl (3)

(1) Department of Linguistics; (2) Department of German Studies; Cornell University, USA
(3) Cornell University, USA

This paper discusses an interactive CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) resource for the learning of Swedish oral skills. We present a linguistically sound model of oral skills divided into four levels and a sharable Swedish exercise database that reflects this model. We also discuss corresponding Swedish speech data that capture several dimensions of sociolinguistic speech variations (e.g., gender, native/heritage native/non-native speakership, and region). We also report on an evaluation of this new resource using a methodology that considers learning gain in terms of oral perception and listening skills, as well as four categories of user satisfaction. The paper concludes with thoughts for future directions of CALL technologies.

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Bibliographic reference.  Heimisdóttir, Linda Ösp / Alm, Cecilia Ovesdotter / Coots, Ian Alden / Krantz-Odendahl, Kateri (2010): "A resource for learning Swedish oral skills", In L2WS-2010, paper P1-1.