To Practice Pronunciation
- Student listens to a sentence (pre-recorded by the instructor) in the application.
- Student repeats the sentence orally through a microphone.
- Student re-listens to the sentence (pre-recorded by the instructor) immediately after.
To Respond to Contextual Questions
- Student listens to audio files (pre-recorded by the instructor) in the application that ask them particular context questions.
- e.g. What time did James arrive home from the airport?
- Student answers the question orally through a microphone.
- e.g. James arrived home from the airport at 6:30.
- Student receives the correct answer (pre-recorded by the instructor) immediately after their answer.
- e.g. James arrived home from the airport at 7:00.
- Text appears in the background as the audio plays;
- Word-by-word paragraph highlighting synchronized with audio;
- Immediate comparison between student recording with model answer recording;
- “Hands-free” practice option for students to autoplay all exercises.
- Authoring tool available on the instructor’s side for convenient uploading of new exercises.
How does it work?
Instructors create their own oral component by recording their voice using any application that can produce an audio .mp3 file. Instructors will then use the new ProComm Admin Authoring Tool to upload their audio files directly to the application, organizing them by chapters and exercises.
Students are presented with a series of audio sounds in the language they are learning, spoken by a native speaker. After listening to each sound, the student is recorded speaking the same word or phrase. The ProComm Tool then replays the voice of the native speaker and the student recording immediately after so the student can compare their pronunciation to that of a native speaker. Students are able to repeat this for each word or phrase until they are happy with their pronunciation before continuing to the next one.
View a demo of the Language Pronunciation tool here.
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Features of the Student Interface
- Introduction text and audio to provide instructions to students.
- Text display and audio player so students can match the spoken phrase to written characters.
- Drop down lists to select different chapters and exercises to practice.