ERIC Number: ED354777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Teaching the Pronunciation of Connected Speech.
Dauer, Rebecca M.; Browne, Sandra C.
It is proposed that the target for teaching pronunciation in English as a Second Language must be the authentic, connected speech that is used by most native speakers, not an artificial and over-correct model too closely tied to the writing system, a different modality entirely. In English, this means learning the language's rhythmic patterns to make hypotheses about where words begin and end. Students can dramatically improve their overall rhythm of English and thus their intelligibility by: (1) shortening function words; (2) linking words together; (3) pronouncing /t/ and /d/ authentically; and (4) pronouncing final consonant groups. Detailed techniques for teaching these areas of pronunciation are outlined. It is claimed that use of these techniques for individualized pronunciation instruction has resulted in noticeable improvement in intelligibility, grammar, confidence, and listening comprehension. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (26th, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, March 3-7, 1992).