EFL Pronunciation Training With Computer-Assisted Adaptive Peer Review

  •  Hengbin Yan    
  •  Jiexuan Lin    
  •  Ying Liu    


Pronunciation is an important yet often neglected subfield in Second Language Acquisition, both in pedagogy and research. One significant, under-researched area is the role peer assessment/review can play in shaping English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) students’ pronunciation proficiency. Whereas there have been many studies demonstrating the effectiveness and benefits of peer review on EFL writing/oral proficiency etc., few studies exist that test the efficacy of similar approaches as applied to pronunciation learning/training tasks. To investigate the viability of computer assisted peer assessment of EFL pronunciation, we present in this study a prototypical web-based/mobile platform for peer review of EFL pronunciation with adaptively generated items for both training and testing purposes. We discuss some of the prominent features of the platform as well as the results from our preliminary studies involving more than 300 EFL students who used the platform for pronunciation training and peer review.

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