Applying TTS Technology to Foreign Language Teaching

Applying TTS Technology to Foreign Language Teaching

Junichi Azuma (University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences, Japan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-895-6.ch029
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Abstract

This chapter describes how the synthesized English speech sound generated by a commercial TTS engine (Pentax “VoiceText”) is utilized within a CALL room environment as well as within the Moodle-based e-Learning environment for an EFL class in an average-level Japanese private university. It also argues that a TTS synthesized speech material will open a completely new horizon in foreign language teaching, implementing a ubiquitous multimedia learning environment at a significantly low cost.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Web 2.0: Today’s new type of Web-based communities and services where collaboration, content sharing and content aggregation are implemented on a huge scale. This phrase was originally coined by O’Reilly Media.

Moodle: A very popular open source course management system for e-learning.

Content Aggregation: Collecting data from various sources, and making it available in a seemingly single Web page.

TTS: Acronym for Test-To-Speech. The system which converts normal text into artificially generated speech sound.

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