Journal of Speech and Hearing Research Vol.8 43-48 March 1965.
© American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Speech and Aural Comprehension of Foreign Students
John W. Black
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Each of three groups of university students for whom English was a second language, 24 Japanese-, 24 Hindi-, and 24 Spanish-speaking students, was divided into subgroups on the basis of efficiency in aural comprehension. All of the students recorded lists from an English-language intelligibility test and short segments of English prose. Three sets of measures were obtained: (a) intelligibility scores, (b) ratings of foreignism in speech, and (c) the amount of vocalized time in a set reading task. The object of the study lay in relating aural comprehension to other manifestations of speech behavior, not in comparing the three groups of students. Relative skill in aural comprehension was found to differentiate each language group in intelligibility, in degree of foreignism, and in vocalized time as well.
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