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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