At Michigan State, we were looking for solutions to some problems with vocabulary instruction. We knew our students needed more time on task in their vocabulary learning, more touches with each target item, but our teachers just didn't have the time. Simply telling students to work with the vocabulary outside of class didn't solve the problem. Students didn't do it, or they didn't do it effectively.
But then we got Linguatorium Lexis. The clear, systematic, and varied presentation in Lexis streamlines vocabulary practice. Students are engaged, and many have credited Lexis with showing them how to study vocabulary and become collectors of words. Teachers like being able to customize lists and create materials fast and easily. Lexis helps our program set challenging vocabulary goals and know that the students are equipped to achieve them.
An effective tool that will improve your students' listening comprehension and pronunciation skills
What is it?
A supplementary computer-assisted pronunciation training (CAPT) system
How does it work?
No setup is needed — just upload your class roster and it is ready to go.
Auris automatically identifies phonemes (contrastive sounds) that students have trouble distinguishing.
Auris creates a training program personalized for each student's individual needs.
Students do Auris activities only 10 minutes per day.
Because of the way activities are generated, students quickly learn to discriminate and identify challenging sounds.
Teachers view reports on students' progress.
How effective is it?
+36% learning gains (in a controlled experiment; see publications)
What's under the hood?
Main principle: Adaptive high-variability phonetic training (HVPT)
An adaptive tutoring algorithm based on learner models
High-quality speech synthesis
Helping English language learners sharpen their listening abilities and shape their pronunciation is a challenging task. The most difficult part for the students is learning the differences between phonemes that sound similar to them. Linguatorium Auris does a great job at that. It lets my students quickly identify individual sounds they have trouble distinguishing, and then delivers targeted and effective practice.
Shunzhu Liao Department of English Guangdong University of Technology (China)