The Computerized ACTFL-based Speech Tool (CAST). Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager and Ms. Kirsten Barber San Diego State University Merlot Conference, August 2004. Who are our sponsors?.
Dr. Mary Ann Lyman-Hager and Ms. Kirsten Barber
San Diego State University
Merlot Conference, August 2004
Two people sit in a room, with a tape recorder
One asks questions, the other answers
Occasionally roles are reversed
Some task cards are introduced at some point in the interview (easier, harder)
The tester makes the candidate feel like this is a normal conversation (warm-up, wind down)
Goal: to elicit a ratable sample of speech
One person sits in front of a computer with a microphone, equipped with video and audio capabilities
The computer generates a series of questions, based on on-line background data (interests, background, etc.)
The items are related and sequenced based on an algorithm, with harder/easier tasks introduced at the discretion of the person taking the test and the computer.
The computer makes the candidate feel like this is a “normal conversation” (warm up, wind down)
Goal: to elicit a ratable sample of speech from the testee