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Learning to speak in a second language: Does multiple talker production training benefit production of English vowels in Arabic children?

Alshangiti, W; Evans, B; Wibrow, M; (2019) Learning to speak in a second language: Does multiple talker production training benefit production of English vowels in Arabic children? In: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. (pp. pp. 2193-2197). International Phonetic Association Green open access

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Abstract

High-variability phonetic training (HVPT) has been shown to be highly effective in improving secondlanguage (L2) perception in adults, and to also benefit production. In contrast, recent studies have suggested that children may benefit more from low-variability phonetic training (LVPT), in particular for production. The present study compares HVPT and LVPT articulatory training for production and perception of Standard Southern British English (SSBE) vowels in children in a non-immersion context. Forty-six monolingual Arabic children aged 8-12 years were randomly assigned to single- (LVPT) or multi-talker (HVPT) training. Both groups completed five articulatory training sessions on 18 vowels and a battery of perception and production tests evaluated improvement. The results showed that the LVPT group performed better not only in production, but also in category discrimination. The results support previous studies that have suggested that LVPT training might be more successful with children.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Learning to speak in a second language: Does multiple talker production training benefit production of English vowels in Arabic children?
Event: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 5th-9th August 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0-646-80069-1
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: © International Phonetic Association 2019. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Australia License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/).
Keywords: Phonetic training, Articulatory training, Vowel production by Arabic children
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091249
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