Talebob: An Open-Source Tool for Training Spontaneous Speech

Peter Juel Henrichsen

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    Abstract

    In this article we present the Danish speech trainer Talebob ("
    Speech Bob
    "), an interactive
    CALL
    1
    -
    tool developed at the Danish Center for Applied Speech Technology. Talebob is intended
    for use in
    language classes in a vast and thinly populated part of the Nordic area where IT
    -
    based
    teaching materials are in high demand. The tool allows the pupil (aged 9 to 14) to train his or her
    spoken Danish concentrating on pronunciation aspects such as speech t
    empo, prosodic contour,
    and articulation. Having tested Talebob in four countries, we report on our technical, phonetic,
    and didactic results. The main purpose of the present article, however, is to introduce the
    Talebob
    developer's workbench
    allowing fore
    ign language teachers in any country to import and localize
    Talebob for use in his or her own classroom.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAmerican International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)39-50
    ISSN2328-3734
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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