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ERIC Number: ED032516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-8
Pages: 7
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Linguistic and Methodological Concepts Underlying a Pronunciation Course in English for Spanish-Speaking Seventh Graders in Puerto Rico.
Nine, Carmen Judith
"An English Pronunciation Course for Puerto Rican Seventh-Graders" grew out of a similar remedial pronunciation course for freshmen at the University of Puerto Rico. One of the linguistic principles involved in teaching young adults a foreign language concerns the fact that "linguistic acquisition is stabilized by puberty," and language learning becomes progressively more difficult (but not impossible, as the author points out). Interference from the vernacular, another difficulty, is met with in these pronunciation courses by the use of visual representation of words containing the new sounds being practiced, rather than the written representation. The students concentrate first on hearing the new sounds and reproducing them, after which they are drilled from print. A knowledge of the nature of oral language is invaluable help in teaching difficult English sounds. Experiments show that one can learn to perceive the non-significant features of one's own language quite easily in another; it is only a matter of time and effort from perception to production. The courses, which end with a correlation lesson on the symbols used in the lessons and those used by a standard pocket dictionary, aim to give the students oral and listening skills which can help them to speak and understand English better. They must continue practicing these skills in an oral course in grammar. (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the Third Annual TESOL Convention, Chicago, Illinois, March 5-8, 1969