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Computer-Implemented Systems and Methods for Scoring Concatenated Speech Response

Zechner, Klaus; Yoon, Su-Youn; Chen, Lei; Xie, Shasha; Xi, Xiaoming; Ramineni, Chaitanya
Patent Issued:
Jun 07, 2016
Patent Number:
ETS Patent
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Subject/Key Words:
Patent, Active Patent, Non-Native Speech, Automated Scoring of Speech, Scoring Models, Audiotape Recordings, Computer-Implemented


Systems and methods are provided for scoring non-native speech. Two or more speech samples are received, where each of the samples are of speech spoken by a non-native speaker, and where each of the samples are spoken in response to distinct prompts. The two or more samples are concatenated to generate a concatenated response for the non-native speaker, where the concatenated response is based on the two or more speech samples that were elicited using the distinct prompts. A concatenated speech proficiency metric is computed based on the concatenated response, and the concatenated speech proficiency metric is provided to a scoring model, where the scoring model generates a speaking score based on the concatenated speech metric.

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