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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.

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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.

本文对在非目的语言环境下汉语学习进行了计算机辅助的发音练习实验。十六个津巴布韦大学的学生参加了此实验,在实验录音过程中学生根据老师的发音念汉语声母和短句,最后老师把编好的录音做出来音频给发音人听。实验结果表明,除了增加学生的汉语发音感知及记忆,这种语音练习也能够增加学生的说汉语自信心。这个方法也是一种有效地发音的自我评价工具,因为学生可以把自己的发音和以汉语为母语人的发音比较。虽然这种发音训练耗时,但是如果有师生的配合是有效的语音练习。

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