Price, P., & Rypa, M. (1998). Speech technology and language learning: some examples from VILTS the Voice Interactive Language Training System. In Proc. aatoll conference.
In this paper we describe the development of the Voice Interactive Language Training System (VILTS) and our experience in exploring the potential of speech technology in service to language learning. We identify ways in which speech technology can support language learning, and we explore possibilities for the future. In particular, we describe the roles speech technology can play in support of language learning (Section 1), and discuss types of activities that can support new learners (Section 2)or sustain and enhance those who have already acquired some language skills (Section 3). We then summarize our main points (Section 4). In the remainder of this introductory section, we outline the role speech technology can play in language pedagogy, define differences between initial language learning and later sustainment and enhancement, describe the roles of implicit and explicit support, sketch the potential for leveraging existing resources, and provide some background on VILTS.