Effectiveness of the Communicative Language Teaching Approach and the Computer-Assisted Pronunciation Teaching Approach in Improving Students’ English Pronunciation

Outstanding Papers series

This study was conducted to compare the effectiveness of the communicative language teaching approach and the computer-assisted pronunciation teaching approach in improving students’ pronunciation. An experiment was conducted on 55 university students in Hong Kong. The results showed that the improvement on pronunciation in the group using communicative language teaching approach is slightly better than the group using the computer-assisted language teaching approach. The evidence from this study suggests that new technologies in the computer laboratory do not necessarily help improve students’ pronunciation and that communicative language teaching approach in which students can interact with their teacher and fellow students brings more benefits to the students.

by Chan, M.

This paper was found outstanding because the author used the triangulation method (multiple experiments, surveys and focus groups) by controlling a number of confounds.

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