Assessing English pronunciation proficiency of L2 students using Whatsapp messenger

Indah, Rohmani Nur (2014) Assessing English pronunciation proficiency of L2 students using Whatsapp messenger. Project Report. Lembaga Penelitian Fakultas Humaniora Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim, Malang. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Learning autonomy is supported by information technology especially on the use of social media such as Whatsapp (WA) Messenger. This study examines the use of WA by examining the way L2 students’ perform their English pronunciation assessed by the quiz chat using Whatsapp Messenger compared to those assessed using conventional quiz. In addition, it also investigates the occurring mispronunciation in both quizzes. The present study employs comparative-descriptive design conducted with 80 Indonesian undergraduate students taking English. The instrument used is quiz consisting of two sets each of which has five questions. The finding shows that by using WA messenger, the students pronounced more correct words in introducing oneself. In terms of listening comprehension WA group also shows the lessening pressure as the speakers do not have to worry about facing the examiner which may cause more hesitation. Similarly, the reading aloud task also shows that WA gives more opportunity to support the learner’s autonomous learning to improve their pronunciation skill. Meanwhile the minimal pairs task becomes the hardest challenge as the students in both groups. In addition, WA group has fewer identified errors and mispronunciation in introducing oneself and reading aloud. In the listening comprehension, the mispronunciation is affected by the students’ first language. Whereas, the highest difficulty occurs in pronouncing minimal pairs.

Item Type: Research (Project Report)
Keywords: English pronunciation; English proficiency; Whatsapp
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200302 English Language
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr. Rohmani Nur Indah
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 07:21

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