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Speaking with your computer: a new way to practice conversation

Gary Ross, Glen Norris, Stephen Henneberry

JALT-CALL 2018, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan

Poster abstract:

Online speech recognition and synthesis, using technologies built into the browser, allow students to practice conversations using a PC or mobile device. This represents a major development in how we can implement speaking practice and will have a significant impact on teaching speaking skills, especially in conjunction with the flipped classroom. This poster session will demonstrate a free online system open to anyone, where students can have a conversation with the computer through role-play and drill conversations entered by the instructor, and can be used for both scripted and open-ended conversations. The scripted conversations can be automatically graded and analyzed. This presentation is funded by a research grant (18K00825) from the Japanese government (Kakenhi).