Glasses for the Ears: How Mobile Phones Can Help Students Edit Writings

ID: 49449 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Shoba Bandi-Rao, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, United States

Wednesday, June 29 2:10-2:30 PM

No presider for this session.

Adult English language learners experience difficulty mastering prosody—rhythm, stress, intonation—in English, which is crucial for discerning structural relationships among linguistic units within a sentence. Researchers have suggested that prosody should precede reading, so learners— particularly for unskilled readers—can become aware of how units of words are chunked in English. In this presentation, I will discuss a case study of an adult high-intermediate ESL learner to demonstrate the relevance of prosody while reading text. The voice recording app on the mobile phone was used to record the student reading her narrative. When the student listened to her own recording, she made several meaningful edits that helped her sentences flow smoothly. Listening to one’s own recording is a process that can unlock a more “sophisticated” level in the “reflective editing” process, helping the writer see her own writing in a new perspective, like having “glasses for the ears.”.

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