Faculty Publications

Title

Speech Perception in Noise by Children for Whom English Is a Second Language

Document Type

Article

Keywords

English as a second language (ESL), Noise, Sound-field amplification, Speech perception

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Audiology

Volume

5

Issue

3

First Page

47

Last Page

51

Abstract

Appropriate classroom acoustics and academic achievement of children is known to be correlated. To date, however, there remains a lack of research concerning the importance of classroom acoustics for children for whom English is a second language (ESL). This investigation examined the speech perception of 20 children whose native language is English and 20 ESL children under commonly reported classroom signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). Sentence perception was assessed by the Bamford-Koval-Bench Standard Sentence Test. Multibabble was used as the noise competition. Results indicated that the ESL children's performance was significantly poorer across most listening conditions. In addition, perceptual differences between the two groups increased as the SNR became less favorable. These data will be discussed with respect to the educational management of ESL children.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1996

DOI of published version

10.1044/1059-0889.0503.47

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