Improving EFL Students' Intonation In-Text Using Shadowing Technique with the Implementation of Google Text-to-Speech

Journal Title: AsiaCALL Online Journal - Year 2022, Vol 13, Issue 1

Abstract

Intonation, a feature of pronunciation that embarks on how an utterance is produced with respect to the notion of accent, stress and the rising/falling pitch, has always been considered troublesome to second language learners due to its connection to personal emotion. Recently, greater attention has been drawn from academia to the investigation of the potential solution. In contribution to the existing research, this paper is to shed light on the impact of shadowing technique with the aid of spoken text features by Google Text-to-Speech on removing learner's flat tone as well as achieving basic English intonation in text, provided that the tool is adopted intensively throughout a pre-designed training course. In the study, a pretest-posttest method is employed in one same sample, with the pre-scheduled experimental period being the control group and post-training being the treatment group. After ten weeks of intensive training program following a detailed syllabus, the posttest results, which are computerized using Speech Analyzer, indicates that the participants benefit from the training in terms of intonation in the text as there is a positive difference in scores achieved by the treatment group, benchmarked against the control group. However, due to the rather small size of the population, the study failed to generalize its findings. The implementation of spoken texts in Google Text-to-Speech tool and Speech Analyzer software will be further discussed in this study.

Authors and Affiliations

Nhi Le Phuong Linh Vu Hoang Mai Nhat Tran Minh

Keywords

Related Articles

Improving EFL Students' Intonation In-Text Using Shadowing Technique with the Implementation of Google Text-to-Speech

Intonation, a feature of pronunciation that embarks on how an utterance is produced with respect to the notion of accent, stress and the rising/falling pitch, has always been considered troublesome to second language lea...

Promoting Students’ Autonomy in Online Classes: A Study on First-Year Non-English Major Students at Thuongmai University

Vietnam's higher education has experienced considerable changes due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools are closed, online classes become the inevitable mode of teaching, and Information Technology show...

Changes in Students' Experiences and Perceptions towards E-learning at Hoa Sen University during Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 epidemic has had a profound influence on every area of society, particularly on education. For the duration of the epidemic, almost all institutions and universities have switched traditional learning to E-l...

Utilizing Digital Resources To Foster Young Learners’ Engagement In Online Learning Classrooms

Young Learners' engagement is a key factor in determining successful teaching and learning. Teachers have to differentiate their teaching approach in order to maximize students' motivation. Especially, many educators try...

Written Corrective Feedback Strategies Applied by Van Lang University’s EFL Lecturers in Teaching Online

During the covid-19 pandemic, many changes occurred that disrupted our lives. Authors must adapt to survive, and learning through online platforms is a change that forces us to adapt to avoid disrupting the learning proc...

Download PDF file
  • EP ID EP698197
  • DOI http://eoi.citefactor.org/10.11251/acoj.13.01.006
  • Views 28
  • Downloads 0

How To Cite

Nhi Le Phuong Linh Vu Hoang Mai Nhat Tran Minh (2022). Improving EFL Students' Intonation In-Text Using Shadowing Technique with the Implementation of Google Text-to-Speech. AsiaCALL Online Journal, 13(1), -. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-698197