ERIC Number: ED136590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Foreign Language Pronunciation on the Elementary Level: A Neglected Area of Early Expertise.
Hall, Ross D.
The desirability of early foreign language (FL) pronunciation is discussed from organizational, psychological and social points of view. Gaining early mastery of the FL sound inventory (starting with the "dramatic items") allows beginning students to quickly enjoy significant initial successes of a very personal nature which also enable the teacher to establish and maintain a supportive momentum at a stage of FL learning often held lacking in intrinsic value. In the adventure of self-extension that constitutes FL study, the experience of confronting the "foreign" and making it a part of one's individual behavior is a valuable part of the elementary FL course where our student constituency is greatest. Students should feel that precisely in the delicate matter of "how one sounds," a distinct expertise has been reached even in the first few weeks of study. Specific recommendations are made concerning teacher preparation, selection and sequencing of target sounds for greatest learning impact and some effective practical teaching procedures. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Teachers of German (44th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1976)