Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology
To acquire a second language, one must develop an ear and tongue for the correct stress and intonation patterns of that language. In English education, there is a rhythmic teaching method called Jazz Chants. This paper proposes a new application for second language education which combines Jazz Chants with a companion robot, and reports our technical investigations toward realizing such a robot. Investigated were two key technologies: predicting stresses in Jazz Chants and synthesizing chant speech. Experiments show promising results and reveal requirements for further improvement.
Bibliographic reference. Nagata, Ryo / Mizumoto, Tomoya / Funakoshi, Kotaro / Nakano, Mikio (2010): "Toward a chanting robot for interactively teaching English to children", In L2WS-2010, paper P2-13.