The Virtual Language Teacher: Models and applications for language learning using embodied conversational agents
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
This thesis presents a framework for computer assisted language learning using a virtual language teacher. It is an attempt at creating, not only a new type of language learning software, but also a server-based application that collects large amounts of speech material for future research purposes.The motivation for the framework is to create a research platform for computer assisted language learning, and computer assisted pronunciation training.Within the thesis, different feedback strategies and pronunciation error detectors are exploredThis is a broad, interdisciplinary approach, combining research from a number of scientific disciplines, such as speech-technology, game studies, cognitive science, phonetics, phonology, and second-language acquisition and teaching methodologies.The thesis discusses the paradigm both from a top-down point of view, where a number of functionally separate but interacting units are presented as part of a proposed architecture, and bottom-up by demonstrating and testing an implementation of the framework.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2011. , xviii, 221 p.
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2011:09
Language learning, embodied conversational agents, speech technology, computer assisted language learning, computer assisted pronunciation training
Computer and Information Science
Research subject SRA - ICT
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33579ISBN: 978-91-7415-990-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-33579DiVA: diva2:416171
2011-05-26, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 09:30 (English)
Hazan, Valerie, Professor
Granström, Björn, ProfessorEngwall, Olov, docent
QC 201105112011-05-112011-05-102011-05-11Bibliographically approved