Exploring optimal pronunciation teaching: integrating instructional software into intermediate-level EFL classes in China

Gao, Yang and Hanna, Barbara E. (2016) Exploring optimal pronunciation teaching: integrating instructional software into intermediate-level EFL classes in China. Calico Journal, 33 2: 201-230. doi:10.1558/cj.v33i2.26054


Author Gao, Yang
Hanna, Barbara E.
Title Exploring optimal pronunciation teaching: integrating instructional software into intermediate-level EFL classes in China
Journal name Calico Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2056–9017
0742-7778
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1558/cj.v33i2.26054
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 33
Issue 2
Start page 201
End page 230
Total pages 29
Place of publication Sheffield, United Kingdom
Publisher Equinox Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This study investigates the effectiveness of teaching pronunciation with instructional software to a cohort of Chinese learners of English aged 13 to 16 at lower-intermediate level. It also explores the relationship between learners’ attitudes towards pronunciation and their pronunciation learning. Participants were 60 students at a language school in China: 20 were instructed by a teacher, 20 used instructional software (New Oriental Pronunciation) alone, and the remaining 20 received combined instruction from teacher and software. Participants’ pronunciation was evaluated in pre- and post-tests. Pre- and post-surveys assessed attitudes towards pronunciation. Additionally, a questionnaire collected students’ reflections on the software, and observations were made during instruction. The greatest increase in performance was achieved by students receiving combined instruction, who also exhibited the greatest (positive) changes towards pronunciation. The authors suggest that this combination of human- and computer assisted instruction particularly suits young learners. Recommendations are made for software design, teacher training, and research into computer-assisted pronunciation learning.
Keyword Attitudes towards pronunciation
Human-aided instruction
Instructional software
Pronunciation
Young learners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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