The AUDIO-LINGUA study was conducted over a period of 3 years in 5 European Universities under the umbrella of the SOCRATES programme. This is a European Union programme for international cooperation in the field of education. The results of this research validate the use of the bone-conduction dynamic filter as an effective tool that complements traditional teaching methods.
In order to examine the improvement of listening comprehension and oral expression when learning a foreign language, the study used sound-perception training devices that were developed in relation to a unique technique known as the Tomatis Method®.
This training is not based on the grammar, vocabulary or syntax of a particular language. On the contrary, it works on the sound dimension of a language: rhythm, melody, intonation and sound.
The results of this research validate the use of the bone-conduction dynamic filter* as an effective tool that complements traditional teaching methods.
The study yielded the following results :
|Test group||Group control|
|Linguistic ability criteria: 'Skill'||70.95||36.52|
|Time required to achieve same result||51.44||100|
The study concluded that “the groups of students that followed sound-perception training as a complement to a standard course were able to reduce learning time and the associated fatigue by half, while still obtaining the same results as a group of students that followed only standard courses without sound-perception training.”
« On average, 3% of the time spent learning English consists of speaking the language. With Pronounce, you increase and optimise this speaking time. The result is that you reduce the learning time by half, and in particular you make significant progress and so feel more at ease. »
Irene Montero, Linguist at SOUND FOR LIFE
Note: The sound-training devices used in the study are based on a specific Method called the Tomatis® Method. The creators of Pronounce are also the owners of thisMethod. Pronounce uses a filtering method similar to that used in the study. Nevertheless, the air-transmission earpiece has been removed so that the ear is not blocked. Furthermore, the study was conducted taking into account a so-called ‘passive’ phase of listening to music. This is not provided by Pronounce, which only processes the learner’s voice. Results of the study can be applied to pronounce taking into account those technical changes.