Share Paper: Big Brother is Watching You [get better at EFL interviews and presentations]! Harnessing facial, speech and gestural recognition for education.

  1. Todd Cooper, Toyama National College of Technology, Japan
  2. Akira Tsukada, Toyama National College of Technology, Japan
  3. Ryuichi Matoba, Toyama National College of Technology, Japan
  4. Yoshinori Naruse, Toyama National College of Technology, Japan
Tuesday, June 24 2:45 PM-3:05 PM B3116

Abstract: Mastering English interviews and presentations in Japan is as important for junior high-school students qualifying for EIKEN, as it is for middle-aged executives seeking a new international job. It is a lifelong quest, and students require one-to-one practice. However, large class sizes throughout the Japanese education system are a deterrent to creating ‚Äúcommunicative competence‚ÄĚ in English [Canale 1980, OECD 2009]. Furthermore, effective communication requires skills in both verbal [VC] and non-verbal communication [NVC]. Integrating a 3D camera with our Virtual Interviewing System [VIS] helps students develop VC and NVC by harnessing facial, speech and gestural recognition.