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Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Voice recognition as a pronunciation test?

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  • Masoud Amiri
    Thank you, Sue. I have always been looking for something like this. It s great. Masoud ________________________________ From: sue annan
    Message 1 of 5 , Jan 24, 2012
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      Thank you, Sue. I have always been looking for something like this. It's great.

      Masoud


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      From: sue annan <sue.annan@...>
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:57 PM
      Subject: RE: [evonline2002_webheads] Voice recognition as a pronunciation test?


       
      Have you tried www.englishcentral.com ? It trains pronunciation with the use of film clips. My students love it.

      Cheers

      Sue

      From: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com [mailto:evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Masoud Amiri
      Sent: 24 January 2012 13:02
      To: evonline2002_webheads@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [evonline2002_webheads] Voice recognition as a pronunciation test?

      I guess the kind of feedback the language learners would get from a Voice Recognition App. is going to be very disappointing for them. It just tells the learners how terrible their pronunciation is. It kind of blames them for bad pronunciation but it doesn't encourage them to correct themselves. If there were an app. that could train language learners to improve their pronunciation it would certainly be of much more help.

      Masoud

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      From: dk <davekees1@... <mailto:davekees1%40gmail.com> >
      To: dk <davekees1@... <mailto:davekees1%40gmail.com> >
      Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2012 2:25 PM
      Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] Voice recognition as a pronunciation test?

      I have a Samsung Galaxy phone that I can talk to. I tell it to call someone,
      send a message to someone, write an Email, and I dictate the message and it
      does a pretty good job. Now it's talking to me, too, telling me who is
      calling me or reading my incoming SMS messages so that I don't even have to
      take the phone out of my pocket at times. It's starting to get like Jarvis
      in Ironman.

      One of my students complained to me that he bought an iPhone and that Siri
      doesn't understand him when he speaks to it.

      I think this might be interesting.

      How good does student pronunciation need to be to be recognized by these
      voice recognition systems? Won't such systems be a defacto pronunciation
      test? Forcing students to improve their pronunciation? Students always want
      teachers to tell them if their pronunciation is not correct, well, now they
      are going to have a test they can use in their pocket.

      Dave Kees

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