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Wednesday, August 12 • 4:35pm - 5:00pm
P-CHECK: A New Plug-in for Peer Pronunciation Feedback

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Despite advances in computer-assisted pronunciation training (Neri, Cucchiarini, Strik, & Boves, 2002; Tsurutani et al., 2006), learners continue to rely heavily on instructors for individualized pronunciation feedback, both during speech production and asynchronously. However, providing delayed feedback on learners’ digital recordings is arduous, and it can be difficult to determine the level and focus of feedback required. Peer feedback on intelligibility (whether an utterance is understood) rather than comprehensibility or accentedness (Derwing & Munro, 2005) may provide a way to overcome these drawbacks while promoting learners’ sensitivity to their own production and encouraging learner autonomy.

To test this hypothesis, the presenters developed P-CHECK, a plug-in for Glexa, a proprietary LMS by Version2 (http://ver2.jp). This plug-in facilitates peer-sourced pronunciation feedback to be given after explicit pronunciation instruction by the instructor. The instructor inputs two written “minimal pair sentences” that contain the targeted phonemic or suprasegmental contrast. P-CHECK presents the learner with one of those sentences onscreen for the learner to record. P-CHECK delivers this recording randomly to the learner’s peers, along with both original written sentences. The peers listen and select the sentence they hear, i.e. the sentence they believe the speaker recorded. P-CHECK sends the accumulated feedback to the learner to use in identifying his/her level of intelligibility.

Peer feedback in other skill areas has been fruitful; yet little is known about its effectiveness in developing pronunciation skills or awareness, especially for EFL learners sharing the same L1. The presenters explain the pedagogic rationale for P-CHECK, introduce its structure and interface, and discuss the results of a pilot study on P-CHECK use, learners’ self-regulatory capacity (Tseng, Dornyei & Schmitt, 2006), and production of selected phonetic features. For life-long pronunciation improvement, reasonably accurate self-monitoring is ultimately needed (Dlaska & Krekeler, 2008), and P-CHECK should take learners closer to developing that ability.

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Yukie Ueno

Professor, Hokkai-Gakuen University
intrested in pronunciatio practice, CALL, Earner Corpus
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Suzanne M. Yonesaka

Hokkai-Gakuen University

Wednesday August 12, 2015 4:35pm - 5:00pm EDT
CGIS South S050 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA