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ERIC Number: EJ954752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1055-8896
The Relationship between Students' Accent Perception and Accented Voice Instructions and Its Effect on Students' Achievement in an Interactive Multimedia Environment
Ahn, Jeahyeon; Moore, David
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v20 n4 p319-335 Dec 2011
The purpose of this study is to investigate how the instructor's accent influences the students' learning outcome, as well as how a student's accent perceptions may affect their learning. Unlike native voices, accented voices are not natural to the native speakers; therefore, it requires more cognitive resources for processing the information, which reduces the quality of students' learning experience (Mayer, Sobko, & Mautone, 2003). This experimental research found that there is no significant difference between students' achievement scores when given instruction by a native speaker and speakers with European and Asian accents. The significance of this finding is that an accented voice does not have the effect that students perceive on their achievement scores. Interestingly, the students' perception of accents did have an effect on their achievement score. The research found that only students who, prior to the instruction, said they were less favorable toward Asian accents, showed lower assessment performance when given instruction by an Asian-accented voice compared students who were more favorable toward Asian accents. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Asia