SPLIS Webinar: Integrating the Array of Technology with the System of Pronunciation

When:  Dec 6, 2022 from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (ET)


Integrating the Array of Technology with the System of Pronunciation: Toward an Agile/Scrum Model

The focus of pronunciation teaching has shifted from imitating and reproducing target-like pronunciation features to applying pronunciation features in students’ spontaneous speech. However, due to the complex and dynamic nature of the pronunciation system, it is often difficult to transfer classroom practice into daily communication. For example, to use sentence stress effectively, learners need to manipulate multiple acoustic features (pitch, duration, intensity, vowel quality) and consider the influence of information structure (new versus given, contrast), syntactical structure, and intonational structure. While technology like speech visualization, automated speech recognition, and high-variability pronunciation training may facilitate pronunciation teaching, how to weave the array of technology organically into a curriculum remains under-addressed. Integrating various technological tools to the system of pronunciation with the Agile/Scrum model, this talk offers a potentially productive model addressing the dynamic nature of pronunciation and focusing on the transferability of classroom-learned knowledge in spontaneous speech.


Dr. Di Liu is an assistant professor of instruction at Temple University College of Education and Human Development. He holds an Ed.D degree in Developmental Studies from Boston University and an MS in Information Science & Technology from Temple University. Dr. Liu is the coordinator of the TESOL MSEd. program and the English Language Teaching certificate program. He has an interdisciplinary research agenda that focuses on addressing the complex and dynamic nature of second language development with advanced technology such as AI and VR. Dr. Liu is the co-author of Phonetics in Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press, in press). He has published articles in the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation and Frontiers in Communication. He is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences, including TESOL International Convention and the American Association of Applied Linguistics Conference.