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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
Syllable Circles is an interactive visualization representing prominence as a feature in short phrases or multi-syllable words. They were designed for Computer Aided Pronunciation Teaching as a part of English Language Teaching. This study explores the question of if and how interactive visualizations can affect English Language Learners’ awareness of prominence, or stress, in English pronunciation. The study followed seven learners and three teachers. Think-aloud protocols, notes from direct observation and interviews of two groups allowed for six streams of data. It was found that interactive visualizations of syllable circles facilitate noticing prominence. Learners and teachers believed interactive visualizations were a useful means for presenting prominence and other suprasegmental features and would be valuable learning and teaching resources.
Whipple, J. B., Cullen, C., Gardiner, K. (2015) Syllable Circles for Pronunciation Learning and Teaching, English Language Teaching Journal (ELT), Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/elt/ccu094