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Ferrier Linda J. PhD Associate Professor; Reid, Lawry N. MBA, MFA, MM Professor; Chenausky, Karen MA Speech Scientist
Topics in Language Disorders: August 1999
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Computers can supplement traditional accent modification by providing users with drill opportunities and feedback in various forms. This study asked whether beginning speakers of English as a second language (ESL) students would improve phoneme production after training with the Speech Works program by a non-speech-language pathologist (SLP) trainer. Students who had weekly one-on-one sessions with a teacher and independent practice showed greater gains on two pre- and postmeasures than controls. A third group, whose independent practice was computer-monitored, showed even greater gains. The study suggests that a non-SLP trainer using this technology may help students increase correct phoneme production and that automatic monitoring of independent practice motivates learning.

© 1999 Aspen Publishers, Inc.