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ERIC Number: ED002916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Oct
Pages: 55
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AN INVESTIGATION OF DIFFERENTIAL BINAURAL STIMULATION IN THE TEACHING OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
VAN RIPER, CHARLES
THIS STUDY DETERMINED WHETHER OR NOT DIFFERENTIAL BINAURAL STIMULATIONS CAN BE USED EFFECTIVELY TO IMPROVE PRONUNCIATION IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING. THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO DETERMINE WHAT EFFECT HEARING SIMULTANEOUSLY THE TEACHER'S VOICE IN ONE EAR AND HIS OWN VOICE IN THE OTHER WOULD HAVE ON A STUDENT'S ABILITY TO COMPARE THE DIFFERENCES IN PRONUNCIATION. TWO GROUPS OF FIRST-SEMESTER FRESHMAN COLLEGE STUDENTS WITHOUT PREVIOUS TRAINING IN SPANISH SERVED AS SUBJECTS. THEY RECEIVED GENERAL LANGUAGE-LABORATORY TRAINING. THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP WAS GIVEN DIFFERENTIAL BINAURAL STIMULATION, HEARING THEMSELVES IN ONE EAR AS THEY HEAR THE TAPED STIMULUS MATERIAL IN THE OTHER. THE CONTROL GROUP WAS GIVEN THE SAME STIMULUS MATERIAL BUT HEARD IT IN BOTH EARS ALONG WITH THEIR OWN VOICES. TESTING MATERIALS WERE ADMINISTERED TO BOTH GROUPS AT THE END OF 3 CONSECUTIVE MONTHS OF TWICE-A-WEEK LANGUAGE-LABORATORY TRAINING. WITH PRONUNCIATION USED AS A BASIS, AN ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE AND THE STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE DIFFERENCES WERE COMPUTED. DIFFERENTIAL TRAINING APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN INEFFECTIVE. NO STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES WERE FOUND BETWEEN EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS IN NUMBER OF ERRORS OR IN RATING SCALE VALUES. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.
Identifiers: MICHIGAN; Michigan (Kalamazoo)