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ERIC Number: ED466632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 41
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Role of Phonology in Foreign Language Acquisition.
Meskhi, Anna
This paper highlights the importance of phonology in second language learning, comparing phonetic mistakes made by adult native speakers of English learning Georgian and adult native speakers of Georgian learning English. It emphasizes the importance of a holistic, systemic approach to teaching second languages that involves making the first language part of the whole teaching and learning process. The paper describes a systemic approach to vowel acquisition, examining the phonological and vowel systems of English and Georgian (similarity and absence of sounds) and short vowels versus Georgian monophthongs (similarity and absence of sounds and absence of microsystems: diphthongs and triphthongs). It discusses consonantal systems of Georgian and English. It concludes that second language learners try to pronounce target sounds based on the native language's sound repertoire as well as the sound systems of other languages acquired previously. This storehouse of sounds is the learner's main resource for target sound acquisition and is a logical way to proceed from the familiar to the unfamiliar. Once the selection is made, the sounds make up a special reference sound group (RSG) to which the learner may refer as needed. The degree of similarity or dissimilarity existing between first and second language phonemes affects the nature of the RSG. Helpful tips for teachers for the application of the "Systemic Method" in foreign language teaching is appended. (Contains 24 notes, 19 tables, and 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Georgia Republic