Using a multimedia program in teaching French as a second language

Author(s): Darya Sandryhaila-Groth and Philippe Martin

Abstract

This paper introduces a Multimedia approach to teach the prosody of French as a second language. This pilot experiment studies the effect of real time visual feedback on the learners in the acquisition of French prosody. The study was realized with the new 2015 version of WinPitch LTL software. On the one hand, the case of migrants is briefly discussed, i.e. young adults learning French in a French-speaking environment. The learners have to repeat French sentences following French native speaker model as well as possible. It turns out that the visualization feedback helps the learners in improving the intelligibility of their foreign-accented speech. On the other hand, the case of English-speaking undergraduate students of French is presented trying to improve their prosody with WinPitch LTL. The first results are encouraging, and should be followed with a further experiment to include other groups of students learning French as a second language, using other and more specific oral exercises that would help them better understand the French prosodic system. This procedure will also help the learners in listening to themselves to control their intonation and pronunciation and to be more confident while speaking French.

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