Use of eCard to Facilitate Pronunciation Correction for Graduate Students in Learning of Foreign Language
Wednesday, October 23 10:40 AM-11:00 AM Location: Las Vegas Ballroom 4
Abstract: This paper explores the effectiveness using ICT tool to facilitate pronunciation correction of adult non-native speakers of English. In Asia colleges, graduate students can usually read and write with proper English, but due to lack of practices, cannot speak English fluently. Further compounding the problem is the fact that students often confuse pronunciation of similar sounded words. In this paper, an ICT tool called eCard is used to allow for focused pronunciation training using the minimal pairs approach. A nine-week experiment was carried out with 20 graduate students. In addition to pronunciation pre-test before the experiment, post-tests were conducted after each week of practice. Experimental results show that students begin to show statistical significant pronunciation accuracy after the second week of experiment. Furthermore, the delayed retention test showed that the corrected pronunciation last even four weeks after the experiment.