Assessing English pronunciation proficiency of L2 students using Whatsapp messenger

Indah, Rohmani Nur (2017) Assessing English pronunciation proficiency of L2 students using Whatsapp messenger. Presented at NELTAL 9th, 16 Seotember 2017, State University of Malang.


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Whatsapp is facilitated with an audio recording feature which can be used for learning how to produce correct pronunciation. This study employs comparative-descriptive design and involves eighty undergraduate English department students. The instrument used is a quiz consisting of two sets, each of which has five questions on four aspects as follows: (1) introducing oneself, (2) listening comprehension, (3) reading aloud, (4) pronouncing minimal pairs, and (5) self-assessing pronunciation proficiency. The analysis is done to compare the students’ pronunciation in the quiz using Whatsapp messenger and in the conventional pronunciation quiz. The finding shows that those in Whatsapp group (the group which took the quiz through WA) pronounced more correct words in introducing oneself and showed less hesitation in listening comprehension. Similarly, the reading aloud task also shows that Whatsapp gives more opportunities to support the learner’s autonomous learning to improve their pronunciation skill. Meanwhile, the minimal pair task becomes the hardest challenge for students in both groups. In addition, Whatsapp 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.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: English pronunciation; English proficiency; L2 students; Whatsapp messenger
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: 26 Sep 2017 15:14


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