Product Review of Articulation Station
Articulation Station is an English language articulation and pronunciation app. It can help learners learn and practice letter sounds and word pronunciation. With 22 letter sounds, learners can practice more than 1,000 target words. Designed by a certified speech-language pathologist, the app lets learners play with letter sounds via three well-crafted options: word games, sentences, and stories. Through these activities, learners can learn correct pronunciation and letter and word recognition, as well as some built-in sentence structure. Articulation Station provides learners with the opportunity to record and listen to their own voices as they pronounce the letters and words in conjunction with a narrator who speaks them. As a result, learners can gain self-awareness and identify their own pronunciation strengths and weaknesses. There are two activities to choose from in the words section (flashcards or matching) and different levels within activities. You can tailor activities to initial, medial, or final letter sounds.
The need to purchase individual letters or the Pro pack, as well as identifying necessary letters on which to work, and creating one of six user accounts with many settings, make this app best for teacher-led, individual student practice. More than likely, younger learners will need teacher assistance when working on Articulation Station, at least the first few times they use this app. ELLs (even those older than the recommended grades) may benefit from using Articulation Station but, again, they’re likely to need teacher support at first. That said, for older learners who can read well but have pronunciation challenges, Articulation Station may be used for independent student practice, as long as educators have purchased the Pro pack or have identified the letters learners need to work on already and instruct learners on which letter activities to focus on.
For professional development and implementation resources, make sure to check out the downloadables available on the developer’s website.
The good news is you don’t have to be a speech-language pathologist to help learners with Articulation Station, and it’s easy to track learners‘ progress and share via email with parents or speech therapists. Also, the many choices for data saving and sharing make this a winner. Teachers can tap on the light bulb icon at any point to access tutorials with teaching tips specific to that letter sound, and they have access to eight different play and scoring settings that can be customized for each of six user profiles. On the downside (unless you buy the $59.99 Pro pack), educators must choose which of the 22 letter sounds they want learners to work on by buying them (only P is free; the others are in-app purchases ranging from $3.99 to $7.99 each).
Articulation Station may be expensive as far as apps go, but for learners who are struggling with pronunciation, it could provide tremendous practice and growth in speech proficiency. In addition to the activities, it’s especially useful that learners can record themselves speaking and compare their pronunciation to that of the narrator. Highly recommended.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Bright, colorful images and numerous choices for ways to work with letters and their pronunciations make for an engaging learning experience.
Curriculum and Instruction
Many opportunities here for kids to hear and practice the letters’ pronunciations. Articulation Station uses games, stories, and more to help kids learn.
The app features excellent video and written tutorials, voice narration and kids’ voice-recording playback, and thorough feedback and sharable progress reports.