VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Effectiveness of Using Pronunciation Software in Teaching Pronunciation for EFL Learners
Hang Minh Nguyen

Building: A12
Room: Room 202
Date: 2018-10-13 09:35 AM – 10:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-15

Abstract


The use of technology in language teaching has been of interest to researchers for many years. This study investigates the effectiveness of integrating a commercial software named Pronunciation Power in teaching pronunciation for EFL learners. Adopting a true-experimental research design, this research project involved the participation of 53 university students, making up two groups. Both groups experienced a six-week pronunciation training course with the same content, but one group were trained using pronunciation software while the other group received instruction in the traditional method. Pretest and posttest were employed to investigate the progress of each group after training. Results from statistical tests indicated that there was significant difference in the performance of both groups’ pronunciation ability, and the group that studied with Pronunciation Power made remarkably more progress than the other group. The post-course interview showed students’ positive evaluation of computer assisted pronunciation training and their wish to integrate computer software in traditional training class.


Keywords


Pronunciation Power; computer-assisted; pronunciation training