Computer Assisted Language Learning Software: The Effect of Integrating Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training on Kenyan English Phonetics Class at the University Level
Ong’onda, Dr. Nancy Anashia
Muindi, Mary Nguvi
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This paper aimed to investigate whether the introduction of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) software at the university level would result in developments in English phonetics learners’ pronunciation. The study made use of a quasi-experimental intervention design which consisted of control and experimental groups. Two groups of 40 students who were all studying English to become English Language teachers at the Department of Languages in Mount Kenya University participated in the study. While the control group followed traditional pronunciation training, the experimental group attended computerized pronunciation instruction which integrated a Computer Assisted Pronunciation Training (CAPT). Results of the study suggest that in EFL settings, where exposure to target language is quite rare, software programs can be perfect options to compensate for limited real life pronunciation practice. In conclusion, EFL learners can be provided with extra exposure to target language input and practice with specifically designed CAPT programs.