Xpress: Crowdsourcing Native Speakers to Learn Colloquial Expressions in a Second Language

Yung-Ju Chang, Shih Hsuan Chou, Lezhong Li, Min Chih Liu, Surong Ruan

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Abstract

Many second language (SL) learners want to speak fluently to native speakers. However, formal language education and existing tools are insufficient for learning language for use in daily life. We propose Xpress, a mobile Q&A-based system that crowdsources native speakers to provide everyday expressions to SL learners. To enable native speakers to understand SL learners’ questions, Xpress allows SL learners to compose “context-embedded” questions with the help of multimedia. In addition, Xpress allows SL learners to explore expressions broadly and search for topic-specific expressions. Finally, Xpress provides several facilities to help effective learning of expressions. The results of our study confirm the above design idea and show Xpress’ potential to help SL learners effectively learn colloquial expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives
EditorsMichel Beaudouin-Lafon, Patrick Baudisch, Wendy E. Mackay
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages2555-2560
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450318990
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Apr 2013
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2013-April

Conference

Conference31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period27/04/132/05/13

Keywords

  • Context-based
  • Mobile technology
  • Online communities
  • Q&A system
  • Second language learning

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