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Sprinter: Language Technologies for Interactive and Multimedia Language Learning

Renlong Ai; Marcela Charfuelan Oliva; Walter Kasper; Tina Klüwer; Hans Uszkoreit; Feiyu Xu; Sandra Gasber; Philip Gienandt
In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014). International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC-2014), May 26-31, Reykjavik, Iceland, European Language Resources Association, 2014.


Modern language learning courses are no longer exclusively based on books or face-to-face lectures. More and more lessons make use of multimedia and personalized learning methods. Many of these are based on e-learning solutions. Learning via the Internet provides 7/24 services that require sizeable human resources. Therefore we witness a growing economic pressure to employ computer-assisted methods for improving language learning in quality, efficiency and scalability. In this paper, we will address three applications of language technologies for language learning: 1) Methods and strategies for pronunciation training in second language learning, e.g., multimodal feedback via visualization of sound features, speech verification and prosody transplantation; 2) Dialogue-based language learning games; 3) Application of parsing and generation technologies to the automatic generation of paraphrases for the semi-automatic production of learning material.