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Communication, Media & Learning Technologies Design

In the Department of Mathematics, Science & Technology

EngListen - a mobile ESL application, using English songs to learn native-like English pronunciation

Li Lun Ko, M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media

Pronunciation is a major hurdle for many ESL students. The use of songs and music to teach ESL learners can significantly catapult students to achieve native-like English pronunciation. Since most ESL students do not have enough in-class activities to perfect their English pronunciation, the convenience and the affordance of current mobile computing technology have filled that void as instructional designers can translate the concept of informal learning idea into reality through mobile applications.  EngListen takes advantage of this technological breakthrough and uses music as an incentive to create a seamless and immersive language-learning environment. By repeatedly listening to English songs in their leisure time, ESL students can recognize English phonological system more effectively and improve their English pronunciation proficiency. Through this method of implicit learning, students will have better vocabulary retention and recall ability. Beneficiaries of EngListen can enjoy the interactive features that enhance the users’ learning achievements subconsciously. The struggle of a second language acquisition process, with the assistance of EngListen, can be mitigated, personalized, and transformed into an interesting, confidence reinforcing, rewarding experience.

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