ERIC Number: ED234602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Teaching Pronunciation Communicatively.
MEXTESOL Journal, v7 n1 p10-25 Apr 1983
Methods designed to effectively teach pronunciation to university level nonnative speakers of English are described. Following a historical overview of educators' attitudes toward the relative importance of teaching pronunciation, teaching techniques that have been used in the past are surveyed. The relevance of the communicative approach is discussed. To apply this approach to the teaching of English pronunciation, four steps should be employed: (1) identify sounds that are problematic for the class, (2) look for contexts that naturally offer an abundance of lexical items with these target sounds, (3) develop communication oriented tasks requiring the use of these words, and (4) develop several exercises for each problem area to reinforce learning. Several pronunciation exercises are presented to illustrate these principles. It is concluded that by making systematic use of communicative activities in the pronunciation classes, students can have the opportunity to practice pronunciation in a way that better facilitates transfer to the real communication of the outside world. (RW)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Los Angeles, CA, October 1982).