ISSN 2686 - 9675 (Print)
ISSN 2782 - 1935 (Online)

The use of software tools praat and audacity in teaching chinese l2 pronunciation

This paper examines the use of free software for speech analysis Praat and audio editor Audacity in teaching pronuncia-tion and intonation to Chinese second language learners. These programs allow recording and visualising voice statements of students and can be used 1) to develop better perception of Chinese sounds; 2) to create an awareness of phonological features which occur in native speaker pronunciation; 3) to train students to hear the difference between phonological contrasts that are not found in their language; 4) to raise awareness of the differences between L1 and L2 phonological systems. The main benefit of these programs is that they provide instant feedback for students and allow them to compare their speech utterances with authentic samples. Besides offering additional options for teaching activities, these techniques can also meet individual learner needs and promote self-training and learner autonomy.

Key words and phrases: teaching practical phonetics, technology and Chinese as Second Language, acquisition of prosody in Chinese as Second Language.

For citation: Antonova A.S. The use of software tools PRAAT and AUDACITY in teaching Chinese L2 pronunciation. Modern Oriental Studies. 2019; 1(1): 5-9.

1 — 2019
Antonova Anna Sergeevna, teacher