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Title: Auditory training for experienced and inexperienced second-language learners: Native French speakers learning English vowels
Author: Paul Iverson
Institution: University College London
Author: Melanie Pinet
Institution: University College London
Author: Bronwen G. Evans
Institution: University College London
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics
Subject Language: English
French
Abstract: This study examined whether high-variability auditory training on natural speech can benefit experienced second-language English speakers who already are exposed to natural variability in their daily use of English. The subjects were native French speakers who had learned English in school; experienced listeners were tested in England and the less experienced listeners were tested in France. Both groups were given eight sessions of high-variability phonetic training for English vowels, and were given a battery of perception and production tests to evaluate their improvement. The results demonstrated that both groups learned to similar degrees, suggesting that training provides a type of learning that is distinct from that obtained in more naturalistic situations.

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This article appears IN Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .



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