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Using #ML To Assess #Sign-Language Learning Progress

Using #ML To Assess #Sign-Language Learning Progress | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
AI has previously been used for the recognition, translation or interpretation of sign language. But we believe we are the first to actually attempt to assess the signs a person makes. More importantly, we want to leverage the AI technology to provide feedback to the user about what they did wrong.
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Mandarin Chinese Learning in African Primary Schools

Mandarin Chinese Learning in African Primary Schools | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

“The place of China in the world economy has grown to be so strong that Kenya stands to benefit if its citizens can understand Mandarin,” Jwan noted. Kenya follows in the footsteps of South Africa which began teaching the language in schools in 2014 and Uganda which is planning mandatory Mandarin lessons for high school students.

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Researchers Design Machine that Mimics Language Learning in Kids

Researchers Design Machine that Mimics Language Learning in Kids | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

A team of researchers from MIT's Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines (CBMM) and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have designed a study that seeks to answer some of these questions centered around language learning in young children. Enhancing the process known as a semantic parsing--which consists of converting language into a logical and measurable data form--it essentially employs deep learning algorithms to copy this process in children, achieving results only through observation.

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Duolingo Showcases Language Learning Datasets & Research

Duolingo Showcases Language Learning Datasets & Research | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

With more than 300 million learners, Duolingo has the world's largest collection of language-learning data at its fingertips. This allows us to build unique systems and uncover new insights about the nature of language and learning. We are committed to sharing our data and findings with the broader research community.

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Chinese AI Language-Learning Company Listed on Wall Street

Chinese AI Language-Learning Company Listed on Wall Street | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

LAIX is a Chinese AI that creates and delivers products and services to promote English learning. "We want everyone to become global citizens," said the company's Chairman & CEO Yi Wang. The company is on the Forbes China "50 Most Innovative Companies" list for 2018. It will begin by teaching English to the Chinese.

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Japan to Boost English Teaching in Schools with AI robots

Japan to Boost English Teaching in Schools with AI robots | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

English-speaking artificial intelligence (AI) robots will be helping out in some 500 Japanese classrooms from next year as the country seeks to improve its English skills, particularly among children and teachers. The education ministry is planning a pilot project costing around 250 million yen (US$227,000) to improve Japanese students’ notoriously weak oral and written English, an official said.

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Abel Vaquera's curator insight, January 19, 12:33 AM
Japan and China have always been innovators. If this works other countries will implement AI in education not only for teaching language but for teaching math, science. 
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Research: Using #VR to Add Embodiment to Language Learning 

How could we tap into the connection between language and body to enhance the way we learn? In order to explore this question, we developed an application for the HTC Vive called Words in Motion, which leverages two powerful elements of VR:
- the ability to create meaningful context and
- the ability to understand kinesthetic interactions using body tracking.

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Using Mobile Tech to Help Language Learning for Newly Arrived Migrants in Sweden

Using Mobile Tech to Help Language Learning for Newly Arrived Migrants in Sweden | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

The study indicates that focused linguistic training with a pronunciation app is useful for developing spoken language skills, which can lead to improved integration. The participants expressed need and interest in having more mobile apps for both language and culture training.

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Results sound obvious, but where is the continent-wide effort to accelerate migrant language learning using language tech in EU?

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Using Smart Robots to Save Indigenous Languages in Oz

Using Smart Robots to Save Indigenous Languages in Oz | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Project in Australia: The long-term ambition of the project is to build the AI language recognition software into CoEDL’s robot, Opie, that’s designed to teach kids to understand Australian indigenous languages. Opie is a simple, low-cost robot, made of wood, some tablets, a speaker, a mobile router and a Raspberry Pi computer. One of the tablets is made for showing stories, playing games and teaching lessons, while the other works as the interactive personality of the robot, with a face that reacts to the child’s actions. These kinds of lessons could easily be implemented into apps on phones and tablets, but the robot adds an extra aspect and will enhance learning for kids aged 2 to 5, which is regarded as the best age for learning languages.

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In Finnish Experiment, Robots Teach Language Classes

In Finnish Experiment, Robots Teach Language Classes | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Elias the robot. The language-teaching machine comprises a humanoid robot and mobile application, one of four robots in a pilot program at primary schools in the southern city of Tampere.
The robot is able to understand and speak 23 languages and is equipped with software that allows it to understand students' requirements and encourage learning. In this trial however, it communicates in English, Finnish and German only.
The robot recognizes the pupil's skill levels and adjusts its questions accordingly. It also gives feedback to teachers about a student's possible problems.

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Presumably, robot-led classes will be constantly video-watched for potential problems and to see how seriously kids learn.

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@Mondly Launches the First Augmented Reality + #ASR to Teach Languages

@Mondly Launches the First Augmented Reality + #ASR to Teach Languages | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Mondly, a language learning platform with 30 million users, has released MondlyAR - the first language learning app powered by augmented reality and chatbots with speech recognition. Mondly worked in close collaboration with Google to launch MondlyAR as part of the first wave of augmented reality apps available in Google Play.

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Hope someone tests the efficiency of this sort of language-learning environment, and compares it with other approaches. 

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#ASR Apps Help Improve "Personalised" Literacy Among Kids

"Speech recognition technologies are supportive of the learner because they allow them to use personally, culturally relevant grammar," Baker said in a press release on the project. "Children all have different backgrounds, and this technology allows them to learn to read while using their own frame of reference."

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The individual way a learner speaks gets transcribed by ASR as the way to write as public discourse. Many would probably disagree, but you have to address a multiculti world of education in many countries.

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@Ananas the Language Exchange App

@Ananas the Language Exchange App | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
Language Exchange app. Meet new people and learn language the natural way.
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There appears to be a trend for social language-learning apps emerging from Asia. Even KLM's airport "translate" seats play to social contact, if not actually learning another language. Ironically, the tech encourages a return to using translation as a language learning strategy...

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Lily Smart Speaker for Chinese - The Rise of Personal AI-driven Language Tutors?

Lily Smart Speaker for Chinese - The Rise of Personal AI-driven Language Tutors? | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

A crowdfunded smart speaker called Lily is a personal Chinese language tutor - the first smart speaker designed to teach language learners how to speak Chinese in a natural way that includes interactive conversations and vocabulary-based language games. The team behind the speaker anticipates launching Lily in March.

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Language Learning Software Market 2018

Language Learning Software Market 2018 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Top Key Vendors in Market: Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur, Rocket Languages,  Babbel, Linguotica, Lingoda, italki, Fluenz

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Global Language Learning Games Market To Reach $2.45B Million By 2026

Global Language Learning Games Market To Reach $2.45B Million By 2026 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

According to the report, global language learning games market was valued at approximately USD 377 million in 2017 and is expected to reach approximately USD 2.45 billion by 2026 at a CAGR of around 25.80% between 2018 and 2026.

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UK Startup @SEL Opens Up New Frontier in Speech Enhancement

UK Startup @SEL Opens Up New Frontier in Speech Enhancement | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Speech Engineering Ltd (SEL) has developed Eloqute, which analyses speech habits in real time. This educational tool is designed to improve an English* speaker's pronunciation – something with a huge and growing market as business travellers seek to impress their clients, and more call centres use non-native English speakers. The software gives the user real-time prioritised feedback as they speak, and the ability to use any text they want, rather than stock phrases. It can perform all this on a client device such as a phone using spare power.

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Microsoft’s TextWorld is the OpenAI Gym of Language Learning…

How can we establish a repeatable and quantifiable mechanism for training AI agents in sophisticated conversational capabilities? Recently, researchers from the Microsoft Research Montreal Lab, released an open source project called TextWorld, which attempts to train reinforcement learning agents using Text-Based games. The ideas behind TextWorld were captured in a recent research paper published by Microsoft.
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Teach Alexa to Speak a New (Indian) Language

Teach Alexa to Speak a New (Indian) Language | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Users can now teach Amazon' Alexa local Indian languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati and other Indian languages. The more they use this Cleo function the more it will improve Alexa's speech recognition and natural language understanding in the long term.

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Global Digital English Language Learning Market to Grow at +23% CAGR to 2023

Global Digital English Language Learning Market to Grow at +23% CAGR to 2023 | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Companies profiled in this report includes:
Berlitz Languages, Pearson ELT, Sanako Corporation, EF Education First, Inlingua, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, LearnCube, McGraw-Hill Education, Onwards Learning, OKpanda, Oxford University Press, Rosetta Stone, Transparent Language, Voxy.

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Memrise Raises $15.5M As AI-based Language-learning App Passes 35M Users

Memrise Raises $15.5M As AI-based Language-learning App Passes 35M Users | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Ed Cooke, CEO (UK) “We believe that the idea that Google Translate is an easier solution is a misunderstanding about language learning,” People don’t want to learn languages for pragmatic reasons but to be socially credible. You have to engage as a human being and be interested."

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There's still money (and time for attention) in this well-explored, game-like service.

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Augmented Reality App to Revitalize Endangered Secwepemctsin Language

Augmented Reality App to Revitalize Endangered Secwepemctsin Language | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Canada: The iPad lights up with a 3D image of a forest. Narration in the Splatsin’s traditional language, Secwepemctsin, begins to spill out of the device as the two delighted children listen intently to a story about how Porcupine got his coat. This new #AR app is helping revitalize the traditional Secwepemctsin dialect, a language spoken by just 10 to 15 people in the community, most of them in their 90s, says Aaron Leon, president of the Tsm7aksaltn Splatsin Teaching Centre. Stamped out by residential schools and the era of the Sixties Scoop, the language is considered endangered.

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jassi patayon's curator insight, April 13, 2018 7:01 PM
Augmented reality that utilizes visuals and sound
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Sana Labs Wants to Disrupt $5 Trillion Edtech Market, Including Language Learning

Sana Labs Wants to Disrupt $5 Trillion Edtech Market, Including Language Learning | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

Sana Labs (Sweden). A testament to Sana Labs' deep learning approach was its recent win in Duolingo's Global AI competition: Sana Labs beat traditional AI platforms in predicting future mistakes that learners of English, Spanish, and French would make based on the mistakes they had made in the past.  Identifying these sorts of learning gaps is what then enables Sana Labs to tailor the right sort of content for each student –bye bye, standardized 20th century education.

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Automating English Learning Lessons Using CNN Stories

Automating English Learning Lessons Using CNN Stories | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it

WeSpeke and CNN announced a partnership for a new platform called en.news, a free website and mobile app that automates English lessons from existing editorial content on CNN.com.
“You’re not going to change your habit of consuming the news,” CEO Mr. Elchik said. “Everybody tends to get up and check the sports scores or headlines ... we’re allowing you to follow your habits and learn English at the same time.”

LT-Innovate's insight:

Not the first time learning apps have joined forces with existing "real" language producers such as broadcasters. But the emphasis can now be on your behaviour (checking your smartphone for news) rather than your learning targets.

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Juan Diego Ruiz's curator insight, January 15, 7:20 AM
Learning a Language is a complete adventure, there are a lot of people trying to figure out how to make more efficient this process, CNN is hosting a new platform for reading the news as usual but at the same time people will be allowed to practice English. Moreover, this platform connect with other people around the world with the same interests, this for meaningful learning due to the fact that language exists because communication exists.
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How Babbel Built an Online English Test

How Babbel Built an Online English Test | Language Tech Market News | Scoop.it
The Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English is now live! It’s possible to take the entire test online, and it offers our learners the chance to accurately assess their reading and listening skills in English and certify levels from A1 to B1 and above. The result is displayed in a personalised certificate with your photo, which you can add to your CV or share on social and professional networks.
LT-Innovate's insight:

Evaluation of speaking skills as well as writing/reading etc is now possible in online language testing. Could lead to disruption...

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