Michigan State University
Michigan State University
English Language Center
Learning Symposium
Home > Events > Learning Symposium > Presenters > Poster Session

Speaking & Pronunciation

April 14, 2018 | Michigan State University 


Poster Session Presentations


isu_ech.jpgTurning Cutting-edge Pronunciation Research into Practice: An App for Efficient Learning of Segmentals in ESL

Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen | Iowa State University, Linguatorium

Discover and experience an app developed by researchers in second-language pronunciation and computer-assisted language learning. Combining adaptive learner modeling with high-variability phonetic training (the best-available method for phonemic contrast acquisition), this practical, easy-to-use app helps ESL learners master the L2 segmentals which usually pose significant challenges.


ZHancock.jpgIDarcy.jpgPowerful Pronunciation Instruction: A Comparison of Two Instructional Methods

Isabelle Darcy & Zoie Hancock | Indiana University

Despite numerous reports that pronunciation instruction increases intelligibility, it remains unclear which method is more effective to foster long-term improvements in learners’ everyday speech. We review the basis for instructional effectiveness based on psycholinguistic evidence, and compare two methods to find a system that is both effective and time efficient.


AMann.jpegPechaKucha: More Than a Presentation Format 

Ana Mann | Ball State University

For second language learners, presenting in a target language can be a challenging experience. Moreover, their spoken presentations can often lack focus, speech clarity, and punctuality. Recent research suggests PechaKucha presentation can help with these issues. This session illustrates how this presentation format can help develop learners’ public speaking skills.


ST_Glasses.jpegLearn To Play Color It Out!

Shirley Thompson | English Language Training Solutions

Color it out! is an engaging card game that bridges the gap between spoken and written English. It's fun and accessible for learners at all levels. The game features high-frequency words which players are cued to pronounce correctly, thus providing meaningful repetition for improved reading and pronunciation. 



TDowling.jpgZTomas.jpgIncreasing English Learners’ Sense of Belonging through Localized Speaking and Listening Projects and Activities  

Zuzana Tomas, Margita Vojtkuľáková, Silviaja Marnikovic, Kelsey Carbonell, Trisha Dowling | Eastern Michigan University


Many English learners feel isolated from the communities in which they live. This poster presents ten effective projects, activities, and instructional materials designed to help learners view their local communities as possessing “funds of knowledge” and foster a sense of belonging and/or pride while improving English oral skills.



YXiang1.JPGUsing an Application to Improve Chinese English Learners’ Pronunciation and Communicative Competence 

Yu Xiang | Ball State University

In this poster session, I will share an interactive application “Duo Shuo Ying Yu” (speak more English). By simulating real life situations, the application offers a variety of opportunities for learners to have oral practice so as to improve their pronunciation and speaking ability through imitation and interaction between human and the machine.