Improving English Pronunciation: An Automated Instructional Approach

Sugata Mitra, James Tooley, Parimala Inamdar, Pauline Dixon

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.

Keywords


Children; English- Language Learning Software; Speech

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