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Adopting a musical intelligence and e-Learning approach to improve the English language pronunciation of Chinese students

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This study investigates the use of musical intelligence to improve the English pronunciation of Chinese third level students. It is relevant for a human-centred systems engineering approach to cross-cultural interaction. Language learning is important as valid communication can help interactions and cultural understanding between countries, this also may benefit international stability. There are natural barriers between the English and Chinese language which are reflected in teaching approaches. The teaching of English in Chinese classrooms is removed from real-world English learning environments. The academic environments and approaches focus on the learning of grammar, spelling and writing with little real-life conversation and interaction with native English speakers. English language learning in China is from a more academic perspective rather than practical utilisation. Correct pronunciation and accent is therefore diminished. This study demonstrates that a musical intelligence e-Learning approach can benefit Chinese English language students.

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Wu, L., McMahon, M. Adopting a musical intelligence and e-Learning approach to improve the English language pronunciation of Chinese students. AI & Soc 29, 231–240 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-013-0479-6

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Keywords

  • Multiple intelligence
  • Musical intelligence
  • English language pronunciation
  • e-Learning
  • International stability
  • Cross-cultural interaction