Improving student literacy in adult education through an immediate feedback tool

Geertsema, Martie and Campbell, Chris (2013). Improving student literacy in adult education through an immediate feedback tool. In: 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013), Doha, Qatar, (1-8). 22-24 October 2013. doi:10.5339/qproc.2013.mlearn.20

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Author Geertsema, Martie
Campbell, Chris
Title of paper Improving student literacy in adult education through an immediate feedback tool
Conference name 12th World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning (mLearn 2013)
Conference location Doha, Qatar
Conference dates 22-24 October 2013
Journal name Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum Proceedings
Place of Publication Doha, Qatar
Publisher Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.5339/qproc.2013.mlearn.20
ISSN 2226-9649
Volume 2013
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Chapter number 20
Total chapters 35
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Intelligibility is what every English language learner strives for. To have the correct pronunciation and to be understood is a big part of the challenge to learning a new language. A contributing factor that makes correcting learner pronunciation difficult is the fact that many learners are unable to hear their own pronunciation mistakes, so speech to audio programs have limited value. A potential benefit of speech to text programs is that learners will be able to see their mistakes and thereby correct their own pronunciation with a technology they always have with them, is familiar with and is non-threatening. In addition, the fact that in remote areas 3G is more available than the Internet and mobile phones are cheaper than other digital literacy tools like iPads or laptops makes mobile phones as a teaching tool an appealing prospect. This project explores the possibilities DragonDictation, a free mobile phone app for voice recognition, brings to the adult ESL classroom, not only for the learners but also for the teachers. The extent to which it could be useful as an immediate feedback tool on pronunciation accuracy is explored, as are improvements to students speaking in English. The extent to which continued and supervised exposure to this digital literacy changes adult learners’ beliefs on the place of using mobile phones as a teaching and learning tool is also explored.
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