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20201016T1530 20201016T1600 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh A Research on Exploring the Effectiveness of Using Otter.ai to Improve EFL Students’ Pronunciation

An area of concern and one of the top priorities of ESL students after completing elementary English courses is pronunciation (Davis, 1999). Many learners of the English language have major difficulties with English pronunciation even after years of learning the language which obviously leads to a disadvantage in seeking an occupation (Fraser, 2000). There are two key problems existing in pronunciation teaching. Firstly, it tends to be neglected; and secondly, when it is not neglected, it tends to be reactive to a particular problem that has arisen in the classroom rather than being strategically planed (Gerald, 2000). This study aims to figure out whether students can improve their pronunciation through the use of Otter.ai. A total of 20 students, regardless of gender, are chosen after the first survey using a questionnaire that intensively focuses on identifying those who are suffering from their pronunciation and truly long to upgrade it. The researcher designs daily exercises and involves the 20-participant experimental group in doing and submitting the results every day. The data is collected from two tests delivered at the beginning and the end of the experiment; and students' day-to-day submissions. Ultimately, an analysis is carried out to conclude the effectiveness of utilizing Otter.ai. The results of the study have shown the strengths, weaknesses, and the level of the efficiency of applying Otter.ai in improving English pronunciation.

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An area of concern and one of the top priorities of ESL students after completing elementary English courses is pronunciation (Davis, 1999). Many learners of the English language have major difficulties with English pronunciation even after years of learning the language which obviously leads to a disadvantage in seeking an occupation (Fraser, 2000). There are two key problems existing in pronunciation teaching. Firstly, it tends to be neglected; and secondly, when it is not neglected, it tends to be reactive to a particular problem that has arisen in the classroom rather than being strategically planed (Gerald, 2000). This study aims to figure out whether students can improve their pronunciation through the use of Otter.ai. A total of 20 students, regardless of gender, are chosen after the first survey using a questionnaire that intensively focuses on identifying those who are suffering from their pronunciation and truly long to upgrade it. The researcher designs daily exercises and involves the 20-participant experimental group in doing and submitting the results every day. The data is collected from two tests delivered at the beginning and the end of the experiment; and students' day-to-day submissions. Ultimately, an analysis is carried out to conclude the effectiveness of utilizing Otter.ai. The results of the study have shown the strengths, weaknesses, and the level of the efficiency of applying Otter.ai in improving English pronunciation.

English teacher
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Tran Quoc Tuan Primary School
Regular education officer
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Dak Lak College of Pedagogy
Lecturer
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University of Foreign Language Studies - The University of Danang
Lecturer
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National academy of education management
Mrs. Souksavanh PHOMMANISONE
English teacher
,
Souphanouvong​ University
Lead Teacher
,
Australian Centre for Education, IDP Education Cambodia
Regional English Language Officer
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U.S. Department of State
Mrs. Hien Hoang
Teacher
,
IIG Vietnam
Director
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Rangsit English Language Institute, Rangsit University
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