The participants studied Finnish as a second language or second mother tongue in Finnish high schools. The participants completed a speaking test with a proficiency level of B1–B2. At the end of the test, the students had the opportunity to give feedback on the speaking tasks as well as tell about their views on automated assessment.
The research brought up a question related to Finland's education policy. The level of the students’ Finnish skills varied greatly within the teaching groups. The groups included students who spoke Finnish as their second mother tongue and students who had only recently moved to Finland, which made speaking assessment very challenging. As a solution, the researchers suggest an adaptive speaking test, where the student can choose their own skill level or, alternatively, the system would assign tasks suitable to the student's skills based on the student's speaking performance.
The tool developed in the project makes it possible to learn languages independently, regardless of time and place. With the help of the tool, it is possible to create a stimulating training environment where students receive immediate feedback, which, in turn, supports lifelong learning. The tool is currently being expanded to also work in Swedish.