2000 Fiscal Year Final Research Report Summary
Research for the Construction of an Ambient Noise Database and Efficient Access Methods for Aural Comprehension Education for the Advanced English Student
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
|Prefectural University of Kumamoto
MATSUNO Ryoji Prefectural University of Kumamoto, Professor, 総合管理学部, 教授 (60044351)
TSUTSUMI Yutaka 熊本学園大学, 商学部, 教授 (80227446)
SAISHO Motuyuki 熊本県立大学, 総合管理学部, 助教授 (00153784)
|Project Period (FY)
1999 – 2000
|Multimedia / English Conversation Education / CAI / Listenin / Aural Comprehension / Pronunciation / Similar Syntax Search
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
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