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Abstract

This experimental study aimed to determine the impact of mobile-based Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) in Gmail on intelligibility and proficiency, as well as whether any individual factors influenced learning outcomes. It focused on 26 Intermediate learners of French as a foreign language enrolled in two university courses geared towards the development of advanced oral skills but with different approaches to integrated instruction. It innovatively combined human-based and machine-based ratings within an ecological paradigm, following intelligibility principle and call for research that is readily useful for language instructors. Results show that ASR users significantly outperformed non-ASR users on intelligibility, particularly when exposed to instruction on spelling-to-sound patterns, and demonstrated the biggest growth in proficiency. Gender was also found to impact results. Pedagogical implications and venues for future research are offered.

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