DigiTala research project (2019-2023)

DigiTala research project (2019-2023)

The main goal for DigiTala (Academy of Finland 2019–2023) research project is to develop a digital tool that uses automatic speech recognition and automatic scoring to assess L2 Finnish and Swedish learners' oral skills. The tool also provides automated feedback on learners' speaking performances.

The main goal for DigiTala (2019–2023) research project is to develop a digital tool that uses automatic speech recognition and automatic scoring to assess L2 Finnish and Swedish learners' oral skills. The tool also provides automated feedback on learners' speaking performances.

The purpose of the digital tool developed in the project is to make assessment of oral language skills possible in high-stakes language tests. Furthermore, students can practice their pronunciation and speech production in foreign languages independently outside the school or without the teacher’s guidance at language classes.

The project is financed by the Academy of Finland 2019–2023, and combines expertise in speech and language processing, language education and phonetics at the University of Helsinki (grant number 322619), Aalto University (grant number 322625) and the University of Jyväskylä (grant number 322965). The current project builds on lessons learned during a pilot project, see DigiTala (2015–2017).

More information: Kautonen, M. & von Zansen, A. (2020). DigiTala research project: Automatic speech recognition in assessing L2 speaking. Kieli, koulutus ja yhteiskunta, 11(4). https://www.kieliverkosto.fi/fi/journals/kieli-koulutus-ja-yhteiskunta-kesakuu-2020/digitala-research-project-automatic-speech-recognition-in-assessing-l2-speaking