Improving students' pronunciation through accent reduction software


Seferoglu G.

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, cilt.36, ss.303-316, 2005 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 36 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2005.00459.x
  • Dergi Adı: BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.303-316

Özet

This study aimed to find out whether integrating accent reduction software in advanced English language classes at the university level would result in improvements in students' pronunciation at the segmental and sup-rasegmental levels. The study made use of a quasi-experimental research design. Two classes at the Department of Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University in Turkey participated in the study. Whilst one class (the control group) followed traditional instruction, the other class (experimental group) followed instruction which integrated use of accent reduction software in a multimedia language laboratory. Based on the results of the study, it is suggested that especially in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) settings where natural target language input is scarce, technology has a lot to offer, and EFL learners may be provided with exposure and practice/interaction opportunities in the target language through specifically designed software programs.