The present study verified whether adult listeners retain the ability to improve non-native speech perception and if it can be significantly enhanced in the formal context, a very impoverished context with respect to the natural one. We tested (i) whether perceptual learning is possible for adults in a classroom context during focused phonetic lessons, and (ii) whether it follows the pattern predicted for natural acquisition by the PAM-L2 . The results showed that adult listeners are still able to improve foreign sound perception and this ability seems to occur also in formal contexts in line with the PAM-L2 predictions.
Bibliographic reference. Sisinni, Bianca / Grimaldi, Mirko (2011): "Validating a second language perception model for classroom context - a longitudinal study within the perceptual assimilation model", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 869-872.