Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Hilden, Raili
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Digital support for training and assessing second language speaking
Beslutnr 322619
Beslutsdatum 24.05.2019
Finansierings period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Finansiering 280 000
Beskrivning av projektet
DigiTala will enhance equal opportunities of learning second languages, by developing and investigating a prototype tool for training and assessing speaking. The first field of application is a speaking component in the Finnish upper secondary school-leaving examination. A large digital speech data in Swedish and Finnish is already compiled and stored, and the corpus will be completed with other languages. By utilizing automatic speech recognition, the speech samples are analysed to refine a digital tool that will lend a unique opportunity to raise the efficiency and standardisation of human ratings to meet the challenges of a high-stakes assessment. The finalised tool will allow learners from various linguistic backgrounds to enhance their oral proficiency at their own pace supported by the immediate feedback from the tool. The speech and assessment database and tools provide also a unique research approach to the modern construct of oral proficiency and multiple ways of assessing it.