ERIC Number: ED414836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-30
Technology Enhanced Accent Modification (TEAM) for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs).
Schwartz, Arthur H.
The Technology Enhanced Accent Modification (TEAM) project created multimedia software to improve the oral proficiency of international teaching assistants (ITAs). Objectives were to: (1) develop reliable accent modification software that would operate on computers found at most colleges; (2) determine how TEAM-based accent modification instruction impacted on the performance of students taught by ITAs; and (3) disseminate the software to institutions with the largest numbers of ITAs. The multimedia materials consist of software that enables the user to retrieve, display, and play model utterances; a criterion-referenced accent survey; a curriculum that addresses the 15 features of speech that make accents most difficult to understand; an instructional methodology to teach ITAs how to monitor and modify their accents; a database of 3600 utterances (1800 male and 1800 female); and a reference manual describing program operation. The project was field tested using 128 teaching assistants at three universities. TEAM evaluation results indicate that students are more satisfied with their instruction by ITAs, and ITAs perform better on objective measures of oral proficiency. Appendices include demographic information on teaching assistants, ratings of teaching assistant speech patterns, and publicity materials. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cleveland State Univ., OH. Dept. of Speech and Hearing.