REAP Study on Hearing Words Pronounced (Summer 2007)

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REAP Study on Word Sense Disambiguation (Summer 2007)

Logistical Information

Contributors Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Juffs, Cari Sisson, Michael Heilman
Study Start Date May, 2007
Study End Date July, 2007
Learnlab Courses English Language Institute Reading 4&5 (ESL LearnLab)
Number of Students ~45
Total Participant Hours (est.) ~250
Data in Datashop no


In previous REAP studies, students have asked to hear the pronunciation of target vocabulary words. Many words in English have grapheme to phoneme mappings which are not predictable from simple rules (e.g., "pint"). (need ref here to show that encoding sound of words improves retention of items on word lists).

In this study, the REAP tutor will be modified so that the pronunciation of target vocabulary words will be available via audio files. When students look up words in the online dictionary tool in REAP, they will have the opportunity to listen to the word pronounced by a native speaker.

Study details: within-subjects or between-subjects?


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