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postgraduate thesis: Development and assessment of an acoustics-based multisensory accent reduction system

TitleDevelopment and assessment of an acoustics-based multisensory accent reduction system
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Advisor(s):Ng, ML
Issue Date2012
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Abstract
Technological advancements in the recent past have provided new methods for learning to speak English as a second language (ESL). The majority of accent reduction training regimes nowadays involve the use of different media as teaching and learning cues such as video or audio signals. However, few such programs have been proven to actually provide efficient and useful feed back to ESL learners, and few offers evidence proving that such multisensory approach of accent reduction is superior to traditional unisensory (auditory-only) approach. The present study intended to design and assess the effectiveness and efficacy of a multisensory, acoustics-based accent reduction training system that is capable of training foreign speakers to correctly produce English vowels by providing instantaneous auditory and visual feedback to the users. The study also validated the system against traditional accent modification regimes by objectively comparing the efficacy of such system with traditional accent reduction training. Results indicate that multimedia-based training with instantaneous visual and auditory feedback yielded significant improvement in accent reduction.
DegreeMaster of Philosophy
SubjectEnglish language - Pronunciation - Computer-assisted instruction.
English language - Pronunciation by foreign speakers.
English language - Accents and accentuation.
Dept/ProgramSpeech and Hearing Sciences

 

DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.advisorNg, ML-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Lan-
dc.contributor.author章澜-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.description.abstractTechnological advancements in the recent past have provided new methods for learning to speak English as a second language (ESL). The majority of accent reduction training regimes nowadays involve the use of different media as teaching and learning cues such as video or audio signals. However, few such programs have been proven to actually provide efficient and useful feed back to ESL learners, and few offers evidence proving that such multisensory approach of accent reduction is superior to traditional unisensory (auditory-only) approach. The present study intended to design and assess the effectiveness and efficacy of a multisensory, acoustics-based accent reduction training system that is capable of training foreign speakers to correctly produce English vowels by providing instantaneous auditory and visual feedback to the users. The study also validated the system against traditional accent modification regimes by objectively comparing the efficacy of such system with traditional accent reduction training. Results indicate that multimedia-based training with instantaneous visual and auditory feedback yielded significant improvement in accent reduction.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)-
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)-
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B48330188-
dc.subject.lcshEnglish language - Pronunciation - Computer-assisted instruction.-
dc.subject.lcshEnglish language - Pronunciation by foreign speakers.-
dc.subject.lcshEnglish language - Accents and accentuation.-
dc.titleDevelopment and assessment of an acoustics-based multisensory accent reduction system-
dc.typePG_Thesis-
dc.identifier.hkulb4833018-
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Philosophy-
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's-
dc.description.thesisdisciplineSpeech and Hearing Sciences-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.date.hkucongregation2012-

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