SELECT: Strategies for European LE-Enhanced Communication Training

Demands for more rapid and cost-effective models of foreign language acquisition in business means increasing learner autonomy and customisation with greater reliance on technology. Learning packages need to be multi-standard and portable to different delivery systems. In SELECT, a Language and Culture Learning Workbench was developed, and an electronic delivery learning model for access to language learning resources in English, French and Portuguese was defined and implemented.

OFAI was a subcontractor to the University of Wolverhampton. It supplied part of the so-called Language Learner Workbench (LLW). Namely, it developed a tool that enables the user to highlight any word or phrase in a text and have it correctly pronounced in a natural context. This was done by providing large speech corpora aligned with text. These corpora are indexed to allow for the easy identification of all occurences of a word or phrase.

Duration: 24 months, 1998 - 1999
Sponsor: European Commission (Language Engineering Sector of the Telematics Application Programme)
Researchers: Johannes Matiasek, Hannes Pirker
Partners: Giunti Multimedia srl (coordinator), Ernst Klett Verlag GmbH, Open University Portugal, University of Wolverhampton