A Multimedia Tool for English Learning Using Text Retrieval Techniques on DVD Subtitles

  • Jia-Hong Lee
  • Jia-Shin Cheng
  • Mei-Yi Wu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4053)


In this paper, a multimedia tool named Supplementary Multimedia Material Provider (SMMP) is proposed. To extract relevant sentences from subtitles of audiovisual, learners input keywords which enable that the sentence containing the target vocabulary repeatedly be exposed. The SMMP employs text retrieval techniques using vocabulary concept similarity measurement and followed by displaying the found sentences in various ways like text, audio and video clips. Since not every single movie covers the proper content for every viewer for the intention of learning. The SMMP also provides the lexical level and category statistical analysis for viewers. These analyses are very useful as the criteria for language learners in selecting appropriate movies as their learning materials.


Video Clip Language Learner English Learn Lexical Level Multimedia Tool 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jia-Hong Lee
    • 1
  • Jia-Shin Cheng
    • 1
  • Mei-Yi Wu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementKun Shan University 
  2. 2.Department of Information ManagementChang Jung UniversityTainanTaiwan, R.O.C

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