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The Impact of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training on the Improvement of Vietnamese Learner Production of English Syllable Margins

Authors
  • Pamela Pearson (Georgia State University)
  • Lucy Pickering (Texas A & M University)
  • Rachel DaSilva (Georgia State University)

Abstract

In this study we investigate the utilization of computer assisted pronunciation training to the issue of syllable margin production by Vietnamese learners of English. Thirteen intermediate Vietnamese students were recruited from an intensive English program. A pre-test was administered to elicit student performance on the production of syllable margins (e.g. onsets and codas). Treatment materials comprised a second set of items featuring audio files recorded by a native speaker of American English and used as the target models for training. Eight 30-minute tutoring sessions were conducted in which students used a KayPentax Computerized Speech Laboratory to compare their self- produced spectrograms with the prerecorded target spectrograms. Post-test measures indicated some significant movement toward more target-like production of syllable margins. This paper describes the pedagogical methods and materials used in this study with an emphasis on word list creation, design of intervention and coding and analysis. We outline the benefits of this training for pronunciation improvement including the positive reactions of both teachers and students to the use of this teaching technique.

How to Cite:

Pearson, P., Pickering, L. & DaSilva, R., (2010) “The Impact of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training on the Improvement of Vietnamese Learner Production of English Syllable Margins”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 2(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2011
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