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The effect of explicit instruction and auditory/audio-visual training on Chinese learners' acquisition of English intonation

Lookup NU author(s): Yiling Chen, Professor Ghada Khattab, Dr Jalal-eddin Al-TamimiORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., 2019.

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This paper examines the effectiveness of auditory vs. audio-visual training when coupled with explicit instructions on improving perception of intonation meanings by Mandarin-speaking learners of English as a foreign language (EFL). 40 subjects who were involved in the 3- week training process received instructions of intonation forms and functions based on the British approach. While half of them used Audacity (auditory-only) to manage the following self-paced practice, the other half used Praat (audio-visual). The perception experiment was administered by elicitingjudgement of interpretations of contrastive intonation patterns with pre-, post-, and delayed post-test design, in comparison with two control groups (10 native RP speakers and 20 Mandarin speakers). It is found that auditory and audio-visual training had similar effect in facilitating perception of intonation meanings, indicating that visualisation does not necessarily improve the processing of intonation. This providesa reconsideration of the preference for audio-visual approach to intonation teaching.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chen Y, Khattab G, Al-Tamimi J

Editor(s): Sasha Calhoun, Paola Escudero, Marija Tabain & Paul Warren (eds.)

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences ICPhS 2019

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 2286-2290

Print publication date: 05/08/2019

Online publication date: 05/08/2019

Acceptance date: 11/02/2019

Date deposited: 05/08/2019

Publisher: Canberra, Australia: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.