Technology Review: Fluent Forever
Fluent Forever is a mobile device app dedicated to language learning through pronunciation, vocabulary acquisition, grammar exposure, and speech fluency practice. The application is based on user-created flashcards and repetition schedules to learn quickly and effectively. At the time of this review, only ten options are available as Target Languages (TL): German, Spanish (two dialects), French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Brazilian, Japanese, and Mandarin. The basic plan is $9.99 per month. The review was completed using Spanish (Latin America) and Russian as the TL with a proficiency level of "new." The choice to complete the review with these two languages is motivated by the reviewer's intent to evaluate the app with a known L2 (Spanish) and an unknown L2 (Russian). In doing so, the reviewer wishes to control for bias and review the application for the language content and not aesthetics. This review concentrates on the pronunciation training module of the application. The module guides its users to focus on three main aspects of pronunciation for the TL: "basics of spelling," "new sounds," and "ear training." After describing the features of this module, an evaluation is presented considering the principles of pronunciation learning and instruction found in Celce-Murcia et al. (2010).
How to Cite: Duris, M. (2022). Technology review: Fluent Forever. In J. Levis & A. Guskaroska (eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, held June 2021 virtually at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON. https://doi.org/10.31274/psllt.14334