Information Processing Models and Computer Aids for Human Performance. Second Language Learning
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MA
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The task is to carry out the final development of a computer-based system for automated instruction of the new speech sounds of second languages, and to field-test this system for two language pairs English speakers learning Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish speakers learning English. This report describes the first evaluation experiment of the Mark II model of the Automated Pronunciation Instructor API system. Two matched groups of students of Elementary Mandarin Chinese were studied. One group was tested and trained with the API system the other was simply tested within the same time frame. Significant treatment effects were observed.
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