A Longitudinal View of Look at the Effectiveness of Elicited Imitation with Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training (CAPT)

Liwei Hsu

Abstract


It is the aim for most EFL learners to have a clear pronunciation in English; however, pronunciation training has always been a challenge for EFL teachers and learners alike. The advent of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training (CAPT) seems to be the solution to this problem. This longitudinal study adopted a latent growth curve to describe 30 EFL learner’s (N = 30) development of imitated pronunciation in English as well as their satisfaction regarding CAPT. These 30 participants were randomly assigned to the experimental group (N = 18) and control group (N = 12). There were no significant differences among the participants in their pronunciation of English or attitudes toward CAPT at the beginning of this study. After 16 months of training, the growth curve analysis showed that participants in the CAPT group made significantly greater development in English pronunciation, and they were more satisfied with the CAPT. The large effect size indicated that the grouping was the major effect that led to a significant difference in satisfaction. Moreover, the qualitative data derived from focus-group interviews confirmed the benefits of CAPT in participant’s pronunciation training. These findings suggest that EFL learner’s opportunities to conduct elicited imitation with the help of ASR-CAPT will be helpful for their development of imitated pronunciation in English and increase their satisfaction of it, which is a key aspect in the effectiveness of pronunciation training. 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ire.v4i1.9033

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