Improving the pronunciation of self-directed english learners in an online cop

Zhujia Yang, Chalermpon Kongjit


In Thailand, the achievement of English learners has been disappointing, despite the constant efforts to develop English education, and there is an urgent need for Thai learners to focus on the pronunciation of English. The main objectives of the research are to identify Thai English learners’ specific English pronunciation problems and to design and facilitate a new self-directed learning process for learners to improve their English pronunciation which is based on a combination of a Community of Practice (CoP) and Self-directed Learning. The outcome of online CoP activities, pronunciation tests, a questionnaire and interviews verified the fact that Thai English learners find English pronunciation difficult in real life for several reasons. Also, the final results of using the new learning process proved that the new learning process was useful in helping users to improve their English pronunciation so that they can communicate effectively in real life.


English pronunciation; Community of practice: Self-directed learning, Learning process


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