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This study investigates whether a computer assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) system can help young learners improve word-level pronunciation skills in English as a foreign language at a level comparable to that achieved through traditional teacher-led training. The pronunciation improvement of a group of learners of 11 years of age receiving(More)
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After a study done in order to evaluate the numerical presence and the qualification of women in the research staff of ITC-irst, we organized a mentoring initiative consisting of scientific lectures and mentoring workshops held by experienced international female researchers in the field of computer science, information technology and microelectronics. This(More)
—A currently relevant research field in information sciences is the management of nontraditional distributed multimedia databases. Two related key issues are to achieve an efficient content based query by example retrieval and a fast response time. This paper presents the architecture of a distributed image retrieval system which provides novel solutions to(More)
In this paper, we describe Parling, a multimedia system for supporting learning of English as a second language (L2). It is devoted to 8-11 year-old primary school children. The idea behind the system is that famous children's literature offers the right motivating and low-anxiety context where users can improve their vocabulary and learn new language(More)