LAMPS: A sketch recognition-based teaching tool for Mandarin Phonetic Symbols I Academic Article uri icon


  • The non-Romanized Mandarin Phonetic Symbols I (MPS1) system is a highly advantageous phonetic system for native English users studying Chinese Mandarin to learn, yet its steep initial learning curve discourages language programs to instead adopt Romanized phonetic systems. Computer-assisted language instruction (CALI) can greatly reduce this learning curve, in order to enable students to sooner benefit from the long-term advantages presented in MPS1 usage during the course of Chinese Mandarin study. Unfortunately, the technologies surrounding existing online handwriting recognition algorithms and CALI applications are insufficient in providing a "dynamic" counterpart to traditional paper-based workbooks employed in the classroom setting. In this paper, we describe our sketch recognition-based LAMPS system for teaching MPS1 by emulating the naturalness and realism of paper-based workbooks, while extending their functionality with human instructor-level critique and assessment at an automated level. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Visual Languages & Computing

author list (cited authors)

  • Taele, P., & Hammond, T.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Taele, Paul||Hammond, Tracy

publication date

  • April 2010