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Volume 5 Number 1, 2014
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Mushangwe, H. (2014). Examining the role of computer-assisted practice in enhancing learner's perception and retention of Chinese pronunciation. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 5(1), 30-53.
[李开明. (2014). 计算机辅助语音训练对学生的汉语语音感知及读音记忆的作用研究. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 5(1), 30-53.]

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This paper explores the possibilities of using computer-assisted pronunciation practice in teaching Chinese as a foreign language to help students to have a better perception and retention of what they practice. The initial experiment had 8 participants and a year later 8 more students from the University of Zimbabwe participated in this experimental practice method where participants were recorded producing some Chinese sounds and phrases under strict guidance of the teacher, and then edited audios and videos were given back to the students for their own listening practice. The experiment showed that this method could help students to improve perception as well as retention of the Chinese sounds. The method is also motivational in the sense that it gives students confidence as they can hear themselves producing Chinese phrases better than they would imagine. The method also proved to be an effective self-evaluation tool for Chinese language learners since students could compare their own pronunciation with that of the native speaker. This paper concluded that; though this pronunciation practice is time consuming, it can be an effective teaching method if it is supported by both teachers and students.


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