|Budget Amount *help
¥3,100,000 (Direct Cost: ¥3,100,000)
Fiscal Year 2000: ¥1,500,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,500,000)
Fiscal Year 1999: ¥1,600,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,600,000)
Very clean audio is usually used for English listening practice. This may be important for beginners. However, advanced students are often able to comprehend speech in a clean audio environment, but often have trouble comprehending unclear speech (e.g., speech in a crowded street). We have developed several systems, described below, which will allow advanced students to practice listening in a variety of natural surroundings containing ambient noise.
[English Pronunciation and Listening Education System]
We have previously developed the Hypermedia Pronunciation Power Program (HPP) for English listening and pronunciation practice. HPP is a componentware-based system, and therefore is adaptable to rapid changes in multimedia technology : new features are easily added and the program is easily updated. We have developed a novel noise-generating module and integrated into the HPP program as a new feature.
A-MATE is a quiz-generating system for the TOEFL and TOEIC test. A-MATE allows t
eachers to create five representative types of WEB-based quizzes without needing any programming knowledge. We have developed a multimedia database, which can now be used in conjunction with the ambient-noise database.
[Bilingual Multimedia Dictionary]
The goals of the Bilingual Multimedia Dictionary (BMD) are to accelerate and enhance language learning for beginning students of Japanese or English, and to provide a bilingual interface which can be easily accessed in a multiplicity of educational environments.
[Ambient Noise Database]
There are various types of English education software on the market, but few target advanced students. We first recorded various types of environmental sounds, then developed an ambient-noise database, and incorporated this database into HPP.Students can now study with a both 'clean' sound-signal, and noise-added sounds. We are planning to assess the efficiency of HPP's Aural Comprehension Education System for Advanced English users, with the incorporation the noise-generating module and the ambient-noise database. Less