Improving English pronunciation: an automated instructional approach (2003)

Author(s): Mitra S, Tooley JN, Inamdar P, Dixon P

    Abstract: 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. (c) 2003 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Information Technologies and International Development.

      • Journal: Information Technologies and International Development
      • Volume: 1
      • Issue: 1
      • Pages: 75-84
      • Publisher: MIT Press
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: language pronounciation software


      Professor Pauline Dixon
      Professor International Development and Education

      Professor Sugata Mitra
      Prof of Educational Technology

      Professor James Tooley
      Professor of Education Policy