Evaluating e-learning system for English conversation practice with speech recognition and future development using AI
Abstract: Many Japanese students of English have negative feelings about speaking practice because they feel embarrassed in speaking in English and are not confident. One of the solutions for this problem seems to be using e-learning materials for practicing speaking. The results of experimental research using SpeakBuddy, a smartphone app for helping Japanese students to practice English speaking skill with voice recognition, will be discussed in this paper. The results of pre-test and post-test TOEIC and OPIc did not show much improvement after eight months of study. Even though the SpeakBuddy system itself was not so effective in improving students speaking proficiency in the short period, the students indicated their willingness in studying and practicing their speaking skills with e-learning system. A much advanced system for speaking proficiency training with speech recognition and AI seems to be expected. A possibility of the new system with AI will finally be introduced.
Presider: Karim Tharani, University of Saskatchewan, Canada