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Research to improve pronunciation training

Iowa State University research improves pronunciation training

By College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A new language learning software program developed by linguistics researchers at Iowa State University may improve the process for language learners to distinguish sound pairs. The new software automatically detects which sounds are difficult for the learner to distinguish through a pretest, then creates training exercises for distinguishing those sounds. The software determines when the learner performs at a high enough level, at which time the training ends and a post-test is given. This allows practice times to be customized to the learner’s exact needs.