Paper: Automated Assessment of Spoken Modern Standard Arabic

ACL ID W09-2101
Title Automated Assessment of Spoken Modern Standard Arabic
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2009
Authors

Proficiency testing is an important ingredient in successful language teaching. However, re- peated testing for course placement, over the course of instruction or for certification can be time-consuming and costly. We present the design and validation of the Versant Arabic Test, a fully automated test of spoken Modern Standard Arabic, that evaluates test-takers' fa- cility in listening and speaking. Experimental data shows the test to be highly reliable (test- retest r=0.97) and to strongly predict perform- ance on the ILR OPI (r=0.87), a standard in- terview test that assesses oral proficiency.