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Volume 9 Number 2, 2018
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Wei, W., & Zhang, J. (2018). An Intelligent Chinese Pronunciation Teaching App and the Preliminary Result of a Teaching Experiment. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 9(2), 83-97.
[魏巍, & 张劲松. (2018). 一款汉语智能语音教学App及教学实验初步结果. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 9(2), 83-97.]

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Pronunciation has always been a challenge in the learning and teaching of Chinese as a second language. Two common best practices to improve learners’ pronunciation include providing learners with sufficient meaningful practice opportunities and quick feedback from their instructors. However, due to limited classroom time and one-to-many relationship between teachers and students, it is difficult to follow the above two practices in classroom instruction. Driven by artificial intelligence technology, intelligent computer assisted pronunciation teaching (CAPT) system can help learners to practice pronunciation on their own and receive instant feedback. This paper reports the findings of a six-week teaching experiment in using Erya Chinese pronunciation APP at Beijing Language and Culture University. Our preliminary results showed that the total number of pronunciation exercises was 28,101 times, with an average of 780.6 times per student, of which the number of after-school exercises accounted for 91.9% in quantity; under the guidance of detailed feedback information, students can remedy 83.2% of their pronunciation errors efficiently by only 1.5 exercises on average. This result showed that the intelligent CAPT system can help the learner to complete a large number of pronunciation exercises and improve the pronunciation quality.


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