An investigation of speech intelligibility for second language students in classrooms

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In this paper, speech intelligibility in 9 classrooms of a middle school and 11 classrooms of a university in Hong Kong was investigated. The subjective speech intelligibility tests were conducted with students aged from 12 to 21 in these classrooms. Besides, objective acoustical measurements were performed in each listening position and testing conditions in each classroom. The relationship between subjective speech intelligibility scores and speech transmission index (STI) was discussed based on regression models. The effects of different age groups on the speech intelligibility were compared. The results show that speech intelligibility scores increase with STI value for all age groups. The speech intelligibility scores increase as the age increases under the same STI condition. The differences between age groups are decreased with the increase of STI values. English speech intelligibility scores in Hong Kong are always lower compared with native language researches under the same values of STI. Better STI values and better acoustical environment are needed because English is not the native language for students in Hong Kong but the official educational language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-59
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Acoustics
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • Acoustical measurement
  • Speech intelligibility
  • STI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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