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Improving English Pronunciation: An Automated Instructional Approach

Author(s): Sugata Mitra | James Tooley | Parimala Inamdar | Pauline Dixon

Journal: Information Technologies and International Development
ISSN 1544-7529

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 75;
Date: 2003;
Original page

This paper describes an experiment in which groups of children attempted to improve their English pronunciation using an English-language learning software, some English films, and a speech-to-text software engine. The experiment was designed to examine two hypotheses. The first is that speech-to-text software, trained in an appropriate voice, can act as an evaluator of accent and clarity of speech as well as help learners acquire a standard way of speaking. The second is that groups of children can operate a computer and improve their pronunciation and clarity of speech, on their own, with no intervention from teachers. The results of the experiment are positive and point to a possible new pedagogy.
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