The Use of Computer-Assisted Keyword Technique in Learning Pronunciation of English Weak Forms

Hassan Saleh Mahdi (University of Bisha)


Keyword technique has been investigated extensively in the literature to examine its effectiveness on L2 pronunciation. However, previous studies have not examined how computer-assisted keyword technique could aid L2 learner to pronounce weak forms in English accurately. Therefore, this study aims at investigating the effect of computer-assisted keyword technique on acquiring weak forms pronunciation. A total of 60 Arab EFL learners participated in the study and assigned into three groups. The first group viewed a video containing weak forms in English dubbed with L1 keyword. The second group was taught weak forms and aided with keyword traditionally. The third group was taught the same content using traditional way without keyword. Results of the post-tests indicated that participants in keyword technique (either computer-assisted or traditionally) outscored the participants who did not use keyword technique. The study concluded that keyword technique, either used with the help of computer or used traditionally, is a useful tool to enhance weak forms pronunciation.  


Pronunciation; Keyword technique; Weak forms; CAPT; Dual coding theory

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