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EXAMINING THE INFLUENCE OF USING AUDIOBOOKS ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF SOUND RECOGNITION AND SOUND PRODUCTION OF IRANIAN EFL LEARNERS
International Journal of Languages’ Education and Teaching (2016)
  • Ali Taghinezhad
Abstract
Undoubtedly, pronunciation is a significant factor in communication and it can be a source of
unintelligibility between interlocutors. Several materials can contribute to the improvement of
pronunciation skill one of which seems to be audiobooks. Therefore, the present study aimed at
investigating the influence of using audiobooks on the improvement of pronunciation ability of Iranian
EFL learners. To this end, 90 elementary, intermediate, and upper-intermediate students from three
English language institutes were selected in Shiraz, Iran. In order to examine the effect of using
audiobooks on students’ sound recognition and sound production, two tests were administered to the
students as pretest and posttest. To find out whether audiobooks had any effect on the pronunciation
ability of learners, the mean and the standard deviation of the three groups of learners were compared.
Data analyses showed that the sound recognition ability of intermediate learners improved
significantly in comparison with the other two groups. Also, students at upper-intermediate level had
the highest gain in pronunciation production in comparison with the other two groups of learners.
However, there was no statistically significant difference among the three groups of learners with
regard to their production ability of English phonemes. The study also found that females
outperformed their male counterparts regarding pronunciation production tests after receiving
treatment. However, males performed better than females in pronunciation recognition tests after
receiving treatment. The implications are provided at the end of this study. 
Keywords
  • Audiobook,
  • sound recognition,
  • sound production,
  • pronunciation skill,
  • gender.
Disciplines
Publication Date
December 10, 2016
Citation Information
Ali Taghinezhad. "EXAMINING THE INFLUENCE OF USING AUDIOBOOKS ON THE IMPROVEMENT OF SOUND RECOGNITION AND SOUND PRODUCTION OF IRANIAN EFL LEARNERS" International Journal of Languages’ Education and Teaching (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ali_taghinezhad/14/