Teaching pronunciation in mobile learning

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presented by: Najat Al-rehaili


  • 1. The second generation of mobile devices enabletheir users to access multimedia functionsincluding listening and speaking ones. A good m-learning service should consist of speech facilitiesfor transmitting voice. Having such facilities, thelearners may download dictionaries on the PDA1with sound functions so that they can learn thecorrect pronunciation of unfamiliar or new wordsto be able to fulfill their learning needs. Mobiledevices with multimedia function give the learnersthe opportunity to record their own voice.Then, teachers are able to make a betterassessment of the students weaknesses inpronunciation.

2. This way, by enhancing various functions of thesystem like providing a dictionary for looking upunfamiliar words and their correct phoneticform, the pronunciation as well as speaking skills ofthe learners can be well improved.The speech aspect of mobile learning is as significantas textual aspect of it, since it enables learners tocomfortably speak with a system recording theirvoice and allowing them to listen back tothemselves. Then, they can compare their voicewith an ideal pronunciation and make animprovement in this skill. 3. However, to develop our skills inpronunciation , we can use mobile deviceapplications in some of the following ways:1- Pronunciation guide :It is important for language learners to knowhow to pronounce a new word that they arenot familiar with . 4. 2- Pronunciation correction :There is potential for computer assistedlanguage learning applications to sampleinput from the learner and determinewhether the pronunciation of key sounds(such as vowels or difficult consonants) arearticulated in a near native-like manner. 5. 3-Pronunciation modeling:CALL applications could also potentially offermodeling of the spoken input as an averageover time. This could determine patterns orcommon errors made. so the ability topersonalize the learning application to anindividual would be very useful. 6. 4- Conversational practice to assistfluency :We can use mobile devices to assistconversational practice. Mobile devices(particularly phones) are very much suitedfor this kind of interaction. They have anatural affordance for audio interaction aswe primarily use phones to speak into andlisten from. Therefore, there are excellentreasons for exploring this aspect for mobilelanguage learning. 7. Bibliography1- Mobile Devices For Language Learning:Multimedia ApproachesBy: Samuel R. H. Joseph2- Mobile-Assisted Language LearningBy: Tayebeh Mosavi Miangah1 and Amin Nezarat2


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