Interesting New Research: We can recognize speakers only from how faces move when talking



Jesse points out, “Speech perception is a really difficult task — and recognizing who the speaker is can help with it. One thing this research shows is that we’re not done as adults with learning, we are constantly learning about the new speakers we meet. As we get older, it becomes more difficult to recognize from listening alone what a speaker says and who they are, as does recognizing faces from static features.”

She adds, “We already know that as we get older, seeing a speaker becomes more important for recognizing what they are saying. Based on our study though, we think that seeing a speaker may also become more important for recognizing who is talking to us, which then may have an indirect effect on speech perception, as well.”

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Free Book: ELT Research In Action


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Free Downloadable Study: Using action research to explore technology in language teaching: international perspectives



It reports on how the project was implemented by means of virtual collaborative workshops, the responses of the teachers to conducting their action research over a period of nine months, and what lessons were learned about initiating an international virtual action research process. It also provides accounts written by the teachers of their research into teaching practices incorporating the use of new technology that are potentially of value to other teachers, both within the specific local contexts concerned, but also more generally.

Authors: Anne Burns and Nur Kurtoğlu-Hooton

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Conducting Research in the English Language


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Articles by Stephen D Krashen


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Research Report: Facilitating Reading Acquisition in Multilingual Environments


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When Does Language Development Begin? Be Surprised!


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Summary: According to a NeuroReport study, children’s sensitivity to the rhythmic properties of language emerges in-utero. Researchers discovered changes in fetal heart rate when exposed to different languages, suggesting babies tend to ‘tune in’ to the language they are going to acquire before they are born.

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