Attitudes towards Subtitles and their Effect on User Responses in Speech Interactive Foreign Language Learning

Hazel Morton, Nancie Gunson, Mervyn Jack

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

The use of subtitles in a Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) program can assist learners in the comprehension of the language input they are exposed to. In an interactive CALL program, subtitles may also help learners in the formulation of their own responses. This paper describes the evaluation of a speech interactive CALL program that combines speech recognition technology, embodied animated agents and virtual worlds to create an environment in which learners can converse with virtual characters in the target language in real-time. In particular, the research focuses on the use of subtitles as a help strategy; and the effects of subtitle duration on user attitudes and user responses in the system. Two groups of users participated in the research: high school students learning Italian and high school students learning Japanese. Empirical results are presented from an experiment that evaluated user attitudes towards the speech interactive program and in particular subtitle duration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-446
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Multimedia
Volume6
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • human computer interaction
  • computer assisted language learning
  • speech recognition
  • embodied conversational agents
  • subtitles

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Attitudes towards Subtitles and their Effect on User Responses in Speech Interactive Foreign Language Learning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this