seeing sounds – not synaesthesia

While editing sound files, I realised that I take the wave-forms of speech for granted. Primary students – and non-sound-editing older people – probably won’t know about them.  I think that could be a very useful tool.  I know it from its use in linguistics, but had not considered its use in the classroom.

I’m not thinking so much about the LOTE classes, though it would be useful there – have the language expert record some words, and the students try to match the wave forms – as I am about oral skills.

It could be fun, trying to match each others wave-forms.  Cunningly, it would also involve learning about the way the vocal apparatus makes the sounds, and getting immediate feedback bout one’s enunciation.  Very interesting if one student uses the velar /r/ (that gargled European form) and one uses the dental trill.

http://www.speechandhearing.net/laboratory/tools.html has some interesting (older) freeware listed,
as has University College, London.

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