Effect of Audio vs. Video Listening Exercises on Aural Discrimination of Vowels

  • Shannon McCrocklin (Iowa State University)


Despite the growing use of media in the classroom, one critical aspect of digital instruction has been largely ignored, the effects of using of audio versus video in aural discrimination tasks. To analyze the impact of the use of audio or video training on aural discrimination of vowels, 61 participants (all students in a large American university) took a pre-test followed by two training sessions on a vowel contrast (/i/-/_/). One group received audio training and the other group received video training. The groups then took a post-test and delayed post-test to determine the impact of the training. For the 40 that met the requirements for data analysis (based on pre-test and completion of all training), results showed that while both groups improved significantly from the pre-test to both post-tests, the video and audio groups performed similarly (no statistically significant difference). The student reactions to the two training types were also obtained through a questionnaire. Results showed that reactions were more favorable to the video training.

How to Cite:

McCrocklin, S., (2011) “Effect of Audio vs. Video Listening Exercises on Aural Discrimination of Vowels”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 3(1).

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Published on
31 Dec 2011