The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Multimedia Interactive Learning Application (MILA) generates phonetic symbol charts with corresponding examples of words, their phonetic spelling and audio examples. Learners can to listen to multiple examples of the pronunciation of phonemes in whole words and/or phrases, and see their corresponding phonetic symbols. Vocabulary lists can be created and edited to match the proficiency levels of learners so that they’re exposed to the appropriate vocabulary. For example, learners who are developing their awareness of -ed verb endings may want to view and listen to example lists of the three different sounds; /ɪd/, /d/, and /t/; and try to deduce the pronunciation rules.
- Click on the phonetic symbol
- A list of example vocabulary with phonetics appears
- Click the play buttons to hear pronunciation
- No results are recorded in Moodle’s grade book
For teachers too
Increasingly, teachers are required to be proficient with the IPA. For example, the British Council now requires all teachers that they observe to show evidence that they know it well enough to teach it. The IPA MILA makes a helpful revision tool for teacher professional development and to give confidence to non-native speaker teachers who may want to revise vocabulary and pronunciation before classes.
No IPA fonts installed? No problem!
Older operating systems such as Windows XP don’t have IPA compatible fonts installed by default. If users try to view phonetic symbols without an IPA font installed, they’ll only see either blank spaces or “placeholder” characters, rather than the IPA symbols. The IPA MILA comes with an IPA font built in and so it’s backwardly compatible with older operating systems.