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Auditory training for experienced and inexperienced second-language learners: Native French speakers learning English vowels

  • PAUL IVERSON (a1), MELANIE PINET (a1) and BRONWEN G. EVANS (a1)
Abstract

This study examined whether high-variability auditory training on natural speech can benefit experienced second-language English speakers who already are exposed to natural variability in their daily use of English. The subjects were native French speakers who had learned English in school; experienced listeners were tested in England and the less experienced listeners were tested in France. Both groups were given eight sessions of high-variability phonetic training for English vowels, and were given a battery of perception and production tests to evaluate their improvement. The results demonstrated that both groups learned to similar degrees, suggesting that training provides a type of learning that is distinct from that obtained in more naturalistic situations.

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ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE Paul Iverson, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF, UK. E-mail: p.iverson@ucl.ac.uk
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