Teaching Tips

Using Praat to Increase Intelligibility Through Visual Feedback

  • Brenda Imber (University of Michigan)
  • Carson Maynard (University of Michigan)
  • Maria Parker (Duke University)


In our oral skills courses, we use various feedback tools to help students learn how to analyze their speech production and how to become more actively involved in their own improvement. We have found that one of the most effective ways to develop this learner autonomy, especially in pronunciation, is with feedback that is visually demonstrable at the point of occurrence. In our experience, visual feedback has been crucial for helping learners both notice and analyze their errors. In this teaching tip, we explain how we use Praat as a visual-feedback tool for guided feedback practice in the classroom and for self- reflection homework.

How to Cite:

Imber, B., Maynard, C. & Parker, M., (2016) “Using Praat to Increase Intelligibility Through Visual Feedback”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 8(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017