Intuitive education in acoustic phonetics and speech science

Takayuki Arai


When we teach acoustic phonetics or speech science, we might face some problems in teaching certain topics. The source-filter theory is one of them, for example. We have been developing several types of physical models of the human vocal tract and showed that they are useful because it is extremely intuitive to show people how we make speech sounds by using them. The Acoustic-Phonetics Demonstrations (APD) is an online version of demonstrations in acoustic phonetics and speech science. It helps teachers and learners for education in such areas because the materials are mainly in the form of sounds, images, videos, and explanations. The APD website shows several video clips demonstrating vowel production using vocal-tract models. Using a physical device is often effective for children as well. Therefore, an English TV program for children is now focusing on the pronunciation of English sounds. In this TV program, the author supervises an experiment segment in each episode. Using familiar words, the experimental tools used in these segments enable viewers to enjoy learning English with all five senses.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-1

Cite as: Arai, T. (2018) Intuitive education in acoustic phonetics and speech science. Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 1-4, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2018-1.


@inproceedings{Arai2018,
  author={Takayuki Arai},
  title={{Intuitive education in acoustic phonetics and speech science}},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2018 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={1--4},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2018-1},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2018-1}
}