John Levis & Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen Receive NSF Grant

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues John Levis & Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen on receiving funding from the National Science Foundation for their project titled “Collaborative Research: Adaptive explicit and implicit feedback in second language pronunciation training”.

Iowa State and Texas A&M Universities are collaborating to develop an automated training system that provides implicit and explicit feedback for L2 pronunciation training. The explicit feedback will be based on mispronunciation-detection algorithms that highlight specific errors in the learner’s speech, and the implicit feedback will come from the use of accent-conversion algorithms that generate personalized speech samples for the learner: their own voice producing native-speech. The explicit and implicit pronunciation feedback will be integrated into a Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training system that adapts to the learner’s accuracy to improve their perception of their pronunciation difficulties and to enhance their production accuracy.