Presenter Information

Rae Anne Claxton
Sonya Bird


Social Sciences, Room 262

Start Date

13-6-2022 8:30 AM

End Date

24-6-2022 10:00 AM


As learners, sometimes it is hard for us to pinpoint what exactly it is that we are not hearing or saying properly; Praat helps us to see this in a very concrete way. This workshop is geared towards people who are interested in fine-tuning their own or others’ listening and speaking skills. Over the course of the workshop, participants will learn how to use Praat as a visual aid for hearing and transcribing speech (e.g. stories), as well as for fine-tuning pronunciation, by measuring certain features of speech (e.g. pauses and intonation patterns) and adjusting them to match those of their elders and teachers.

Example of what we might work on (depending on group interest):

One way that I (Rae Anne) have used Praat is to study the pauses in my speech compared to those in my elders’ speech: I took a close look at my pauses, and discovered that some are intentional and some are not. I was able to see that when I say words full of clusters (groups of consonants), I unintentionally pause/stop for a longer time than my elders do. In sentences, I saw that I didn't always pause at the same places that my elders intentionally did. I have used Praat to locate and measure pauses, in order to use them more like my elders do.


Documentation; Pedagogy (language teaching/learning); Technology

slides-as-handout.pdf (655 kB)
Slides as Handout

syllabus.pdf (541 kB)