Chapter published in:English Pronunciation Instruction: Research-based insights
Edited by Anastazija Kirkova-Naskova, Alice Henderson and Jonás Fouz-González
[AILA Applied Linguistics Series 19] 2021
► pp. 358–384
Mobile apps for pronunciation training
Exploring learner engagement and retention
This chapter explores adult learners’ perceptions towards using apps for pronunciation training and the engagement and retention rates of mobile technologies for pronunciation practice. The study focuses on five apps that address different areas of pronunciation selected by the teacher-researcher. The findings show that learners are keen on using pronunciation apps to learn pronunciation, but the frequency of self-reported mobile app use and time devoted to their use dwindle without the teacher’s guidance. A discussion of the learners’ engagement with and retention of the apps is offered, together with a number of recommendations to facilitate the integration of apps into pronunciation instruction.
Keywords: mobile apps, mobile-assisted pronunciation training (MAPT), computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT), technologies, pronunciation training, pronunciation apps, lifelong learning, learner retention, app retention, app engagement
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