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De l’usage des courbes sonores et autres supports graphiques pour aider l’apprenant en langues.

Sound waves and other speech oriented visual aids for the language learner
Alain Cazade
p. 3-32


Language software programs often use waveforms to reinforce their credibility as well as to try and help learners to make a link between their oral production and the examples they are asked to imitate, even though they often do not know how to start improving their performance. Are such waveforms (usually oscillograms) able to help in any way ? As the importance of phonetics and the specific nature of aural activities are now generally acknowledged, it is worthwhile formulating this question, even if many would reject the validity of the waveforms on the grounds that they do not provide sufficient information. It might also be useful to determine whether the differences in the choice of graphs used in recently published software constitute a change for the better.

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Alain Cazade, « De l’usage des courbes sonores et autres supports graphiques pour aider l’apprenant en langues. », Alsic [Online], Vol. 2, n° 2 | 1999, document alsic_n04-rec1, Online since 15 January 2000, connection on 22 February 2018. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/alsic.1623

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About the author

Alain Cazade

Co-responsable du C.R.L. (Centre de Ressources en Langues) multimédia de L'Université Paris IX Dauphine et de l'"Observatoire des Technologies nouvelles" de la SAES (Socié té des Anglicistes de l'Enseignement Supérieur). Anciennement responsable pédagogique, à Paris XIII, du CFIPE (Centre de formation à l'informatique pédagogique) de l'Académie de Créteil. Auteur d'un logiciel auteur hypermédia de recherches sur l'apprentissage des langues: "Help Yourself " (sous Windows 3x & 9x - non commercialisé).

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