McCrocklin, S. M. (2016). Pronunciation learner autonomy: The potential of automatic speech recognition. System, 57, 25-42. doi:10.1016/j.system.2015.12.013
As Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri become more sophisticated, the question of whether they function as English language coaches may arise.
The study had 3 groups of English learners:
- Face to face pronunciation learners
- Face to face learners with minimal automatic speech recognition use
- Hybrid face to face and automatic speech recognition
Based on multiple surveys, interviews and learning logs, results showed a significant increase in feelings of autonomy and the ability to practice independently.
It made me remember the proverb
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.