Voice-Based Computer Mediated Communication for Individual Practice to Increase Speaking Proficiency: Construction and Pilot Study

  • Yuichi OnoEmail author
  • Akio Onishi
  • Manabu Ishihara
  • Mitsuo Yamashiro
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9192)


This paper examines the effects of an asynchronous blog system on speaking proficiency for EFL learners in Japan. The novelty of the system is its incorporation of Web Speech API, which leads to higher performance compared with the use of web applications for classroom purposes. On the basis of a questionnaire survey conducted as pilot research, we demonstrate that the system has potential to improve speaking proficiency and increases the motivation of less motivated learners.


Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) Voice blog Speech recognition Speaking accuracy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuichi Ono
    • 1
    Email author
  • Akio Onishi
    • 2
  • Manabu Ishihara
    • 3
  • Mitsuo Yamashiro
    • 4
  1. 1.Foreign Language CenterUniversity of TsukubaIbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Version 2SapporoJapan
  3. 3.Electrical and Computer EngineeringOyama National College of TechnologyTochigiJapan
  4. 4.Electrical and Computer EngineeringAshikaga Institute of TechnologyTochigiJapan

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