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Dr. In-Sop Kim

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


Motor learning theory refers to the motor system organization and the way in which it may shape itself to learn or relearn a motor task. Prior research studies have evidenced this method to be beneficial for many patients who were learning or relearning limb motor movement. Motor learning research has examined the implications of pre-practice, practice structures, and feedback schedules. With certain applications of motor learning principles, studies found consistent optimal approaches to learning a limb motor movement. In more recent years, these applications became integrated into the speech realm and found similar consistencies to the nonspeech realm. The purpose of the current research was to explore whether a motor learning theory-based protocol that emphasized specific practice structures and feedback schedules would be more effective in improving English pronunciation of a nonnative English speaker. The motor learning theory-based protocol consisted of six sessions over a five-week period and trained eight sets of stimuli that included 10 items for each set. Results reflected a general trend of improvement in the participant’s English pronunciation abilities, suggesting that the use of motor learning principles may be a possible intervention method for managing an accent in nonnative speakers.


30 pages




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Motor Learning Theory

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