Frequently Asked Question:
Q1. How to activate the voice evaluator?
Q2. How to install Flash Player?
Q3. I have install Flash Player but my evaluator is still not working. What should I do?
Q4. How is my reading evaluation score being calculated?
Q5. I don't feel that the evaluation score reflects my actual ability. How do I make the score more accurate?
Q6. How to upload an article?
Q7. Would my article become public after I publish it?
Q8. How to add friends in NewsTalk?



Q1. How to activate the voice evaluator?

1. Click on to first activate the evaluator.

2. Click [Done] when your microphone is detected.

3. If your microphone is not detected, please ensure that Adobe Flash is installed or updated to the latest version and allow Flash Player to access your microphone.

4. Click on again and start reading.

5. Wait for NewsTalk to give you a summary score and detailed score for each character.

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Q2. How to install Flash Player?

1. First download Flash Player here .

2. Kindly follow the instructions from Adobe website to complete the installation process.

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Q3. I have install Flash Player but my evaluator still not working, what should i do?

INTERNET EXPLORER

1. Activate the evaluator by clicking

2. A NewsTalk prompt window will be displayed as image below.



3. Right click on [Setting] link to call Flash Player menu as image below.



4. Select the Global Settings to access Flash Player preferences as image below.



5. Select Camera and Mic tab and tick on the (recommended) option to allow camera and mic to be assessed by Flash Player.

6. Select sdk.cloud.chivox.com and change the setting permission to "allow".

7. Close the prompt window and click done on NewsTalk prompt window. You may need to refresh the browser for the Flash settings to take effect.

8. Click button again to start recording.

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GOOGLE CHROME

1. Activate the evaluator by clicking

2. A NewsTalk prompt window will be displayed as image below.



3. Clik the play icon and right click on [Setting] link to call Flash Player menu as image below.



4. Select the Global Settings and your browser will be open a new tab from http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.

5.Select Website Privacy Settings panel under Settings manager menu

6. Select sdk.cloud.chivox.com and change the setting permission to "Always allow".



7. Close the tab and go back to Newstalk page.

8. Click done on NewsTalk prompt window. You may need to refresh the browser for the Flash settings to take effect.

9. Click button again to start recording.

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FIREFOX

1. Activate the evaluator by clicking

2. A NewsTalk prompt window will be displayed as image below.



3. Right click on [Setting] link to call Flash Player menu as image below.



4. Select the Global Settings to access Flash Player preferences as image below.



5. Select Camera and Mic tab and tick on the (recommended) option to allow camera and mic to be assessed by Flash Player.

6. Select sdk.cloud.chivox.com and change the setting permission to "allow".

7. Close the prompt window and click done on NewsTalk prompt window. You may need to refresh the browser for the Flash settings to take effect.

8. Click done on Newstalk prompt window.

9. Click button again to start recording.

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SAFARI

1. Activate the evaluator by clicking

2. A NewsTalk prompt window will be displayed as image below.



3. Select "Allow" and "Remember" and press close on Flash Settings panel



4. Click done on Newstalk prompt window.

5. Click button again to start recording.

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Q4. How is my reading evaluation score being calculated?

1.The scoring system are differentiated in two categories, sentence category and word category.

2. For sentence category the score will be taken from the average combination of pronunciation and fluency scores.

3. For word category the score will be taken from pronunciation only.

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Q5. I don't feel that the evaluation score reflect my actual ability, how to make the score more accurate?

1. Ensure that your surrounding environment are noise free. Sometimes the sytem will capture noise from your surrounding and it can influence your evaluation result.

2. Try to use an external mic for better result. Sometimes built-in mic will capture noise from your computer and it can influence your evaluation result.

3. Make sure you are reading at a good pace and pronounce each word clearly.

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Q6. How to upload an article?

1. Click on [Upload] menu on navigation bar

2. Fill in the required field (article title and content).

3. You can add [Remarks] to add any remarks concerning the article.

4. Select voice for aricle audio playback (male/female).

5. Select the audio narration speed of "Slow", "Normal", "Fast".

6. Click on the Evaluate button to let our system determine the level of difficulty of the article you have uploaded. Characters that have not been taught or not commonly used for that evaluated level are highlighted in "red".

7. Choose an icon to identify the article you have uploaded. If no icon is chosen, the default icon in your personal settings will be used.

8. Click the Submit button to upload the article for processing.

9. After submitting your article, you need to click the "Publish" button for your article to be made available.

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Q7. Would my article becomes public after i publish it?

Once you publish an article, your article can only be viewed by you and people who have added you as friend. No other NewsTalk subscribers can find or read your article, this is to ensure NewsTalk to continue providing a relevant and condusive learning environment to all its subscriber.

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Q8. How to add friends in NewsTalk?

1. Click on the "My Friends" menu link to go to "My Friends" page.

2. Click on the "Add Friends" button and a pop-up will appear to allow you to search and add a friend

3. Enter The user ID of the person that you would add as friend.

4. Click [Add Immediately] button to add friend.

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