Assessing the Effects of Mobile Assisted Phonetic Training on L2 Sound Perception
Abstract: This study evaluated the effectiveness of mobile-assisted phonetic training on the perception of the Korean three-way stop contrast by second language (L2) learners of Korean. It also assessed the relative influences of three types of corrective feedback provided during training on the perceptual learning of the contrast. The results showed that learners benefit from phonetic training using mobile phones to improve their perceptual knowledge of the L2 contrast. Moreover, while all types of feedback had a positive impact on L2 speech perception, correct/incorrect feedback alone led to greater enhancement than correct/incorrect feedback with additional audio-visual information. Taken together, these findings suggest that mobile-assisted phonetic training with simple feedback is most effective in developing learners’ perceptual accuracy of L2 contrasts and can result in facilitating L2 sound learning.
Presider: Na-Young Ryu, Penn State University