Phys .org: Bellevue startup uses artificial intelligence to help English learners’ pronunciation. “Bellvue-based Blue Canoe’s mobile app directs its users to repeat sentence prompts and record them. Speech-recognition technology then analyzes the recordings and uses machine-learning models to point out the differences. When users spend 10 minutes per day on the app, personalized feedback from an artificially intelligent (AI) teacher informs students precisely how they mispronounced words.”
Now available: a database of English sentences written by non-English speakers. “After thousands of hours of work, MIT researchers have released the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native speakers. The researchers who led the project had already shown that the grammatical quirks of non-native speakers writing in English could be a source of linguistic insight. But they hope that their dataset could also lead to applications that would improve computers’ handling of spoken or written language of non-native English speakers.”
Larry Ferlazzo has a writeup on WordSift2, an apparent upgrade from the old WordSift. “Paste in a text, and you get all sorts of stuff in return — word clouds sorted in various categories, images of words to enhance understanding, sentences showing the words in context, word webs, and more!”
Happy 9th blogiversary to Larry Ferlazzo! If you have any interest in teaching, English, or ESL, check out his blog. It’s good stuff.