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ID : 385
Original submission :
Title : The smartphone as a self-study tool for suprasegmental pronunciation
Type : Workshop (60 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract :

The segmental pronunciation differences between Vietnamese and English tend to be well known among EFL teachers within Vietnam and the phonemic sounds are often a focus from day one. However, the resulting drawback is a lack of time spent on suprasegmental instruction (including stress and intonation, tempo, resonance, rhythm, pitch and volume) which studies have found to be more effective in improving intelligibility than segmental instruction alone (Derwing and Munro, 2015, p. 9, Gregersen in Arabski and Wojtaszek (eds), 2011, ch.11).

Mastery of suprasegmental pronunciation is notoriously difficult requiring the time and commitment which is rarely available in classroom hours. However, as young learners in particular become more deliberate and autonomous in their use of technology to study new languages, mobile phones and devices can be used by teachers to enhance motivation, foster autonomy and support learners to individualise their learning experience (Lamb, 2019).

In this practical workshop, participants will be introduced to freely available resources to independently practice stress, rhythm and intonation in English with their own mobile device. This method was trialed with a group of English language learners in Danang by firstly drawing the students' attention to distinct suprasegmental differences between Vietnamese and English through an online voice recording tool. Learners were then introduced to techniques to notice suprasegmental pronunciation features in short audio scripts and to practice reproducing the pronunciation features.

Keywords : autonomy, pronunciation, mobile assisted language learning
Conference theme : Fostering autonomous learning through technology
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Main presenter : Mr. Philip Morris
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Affiliation : RMIT University Vietnam (Danang, Vietnam)
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Biography :

Philip Morris, B.A (Hons), CELTA, CELTYL

Educator, RMIT Danang

Philip Morris is an Educator at RMIT Danang campus. He has eight years’ experience teaching in Vietnam in various locations at a wide variety of levels and on a range of course types. He has also taught adults and teen students in Portugal and Ecuador. He is currently undertaking a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, UK.  
Co-presenters : Co-presenter (2) : Mr. Jonny Western (RMIT University Vietnam)
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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 6:33 PM [JST]
Date modified : Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 7:55 PM [JST]
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Peer review :
Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 250-W
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 16: 20 - 16: 45
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A101
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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