7TH ELSNET EUROPEAN SUMMER SCHOOL ON LANGUAGE AND SPEECH COMMUNICATION
MULTIMODALITY IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH SYSTEMS (MiLaSS)
Stockholm, Sweden, 12-23 July 1999
The program for the summerschool is now available at http://www.speech.kth.se/milass/ and pre-registration is now open. The participation is limited to about 60 and will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Please register as soon as possible.
We are very happy to announce the website for our educational programme, Virtual Tutorials in Phonology (VTP). This is a programme we have been developing since the end of 1997. It takes full advantage of the multimedia technologies on the web to help students studying any linguistic or language course to have a better understanding of phonetics/phonology with special reference to English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. It also attempts to sensitize students to the contrasts and similarities among the sound systems of the three languages. In doing so, we hope to improve their pronunciation of English and Mandarin.
The alpha version of VTP has been presented at several conferences and was enthusiastically welcomed by teaching professionals in various disciplines. Since our first presentation last July, we have received many requests from colleagues to launch the programme on the Internet. At their urging, we finally decided to release the beta version of VTP, even though it is still under construction. Several sound files, in particular, have to be replaced in the later version. You are cordially invited to visit our temporary website a http://wise.polyu.edu.hk/projects/cbs/. Your comments on any aspect of the programme would be highly appreciated.
Although VTP targets college students, we believe secondary school students may also find it accessible and beneficial. Indeed, VTP is only part of our ambitious plan to raise phonological awareness among Hong Kong students. We are about to embark on a programme tailor-made for secondary school students. The programme will be on CD-ROM in order to incorporate more engaging and interactive games. We will inform you of the details once it is available.