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ERIC Number: ED071504
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-29
Pages: 13
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The Rival Virtues of Innocence and Sophistication: A Rationale for Teaching Pronunciation.
Strevens, Peter
Teaching pronunciation is more like gymnastics than linguistics because it involves converting a series of mental processes into motor activity. Many variables contribute to the facility with which a student will learn pronunciation, but age causes the greatest variation in standards of pronunciation learning between individuals. Though increased age may hold disadvantages for learning in some respects, older learners can benefit more than younger learners from formal, specialized, intellectualized teaching methods. The most effective teaching approach to pronunciation considers the individual learner and his learning ability in relation to his age and degree of sophistication as a language learner. (VM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual TESOL Convention (Sixth, Washington, D.C., February 29, 1972)