The mini project is based on and inspired by the LISTEN Project in the CREATE Lab. The project would be designed to teach Human Anatomy and Physiology students how to pronounce common scientific or medical terms including ones most likely to be mispronounced. This project will involve listing the common medical terms associated with each unit, determining the correct pronunciation (using a variety of resources), and finally creating a recording of each term. This recording would be the voice of the Robot Diaries robot “Decoder” created by different groups of students. The “Decoder” could possibly be a model of a female physician/scientist who is a specialist for the unit. The project would be a collaborative such that the terms would be divided among groups of students and each would then listen to the others’ robot.
Classroom experience supports that the students would feel more comfortable when making their end-of-term presentations as their speech would be more accurate and professional when correct pronunciation is used. A student’s presentation appears unrehearsed when she stumbles over the difficult-to-pronounce words.