K-12 administrators working to integrate non-English-speaking students into the mainstream classroom environment might benefit from a new technology that allows spontaneous translation from one language to another.

The technology, recently tested in a video conference at Carnegie Mellon University, enabled testers to ask questions using casual speech patterns and receive spontaneous translations in return.


The Consortium for Speech Translation Advanced Research (C-STAR) was established in 1991 to conduct research in spoken language translation. It has grown over the past seven years from four partner laboratories to 20 partner or affiliate labs in the USA, Japan, Germany, Korea, Italy, France, and Switzerland.


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