The use of computerized pronunciation practice in the reduction of foreign language classroom anxiety
Ashley N. Shams, The Florida State University, United States
The Florida State University . Awarded
This dissertation examined the use of computerized pronunciation practice as a tool in the reduction of foreign language anxiety. Additionally, the efficacy of computerized practice on the improvement of student French pronunciation was also evaluated. The research was conducted as a quasi-experimental study with a pretest/posttest comparison group design. Students in the experimental group practiced their pronunciation using the computer while students in the comparison group practiced with cassettes. Anxiety was measured using the Foreign Language Classroom Anxiety Scale (Horwitz, Horwitz, & Cope, 1986). The data was analyzed using ANOVAs. While there was an overall decrease in anxiety levels, the statistical analyses indicated no relationship between method of practice and the decrease in anxiety. Regarding pronunciation improvement, the results showed that subjects who practiced with the computer did experience statistically significant improvement in the quality of their pronunciation while those who practiced with the cassettes did not.
Shams, A.N. The use of computerized pronunciation practice in the reduction of foreign language classroom anxiety. Ph.D. thesis, The Florida State University.
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