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ERIC Number: ED404862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-4
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Limericks To Help Japanese Students Improve Their Pronunciation.
Bray, Eric
The role of phonology in communication is explored, and it is argued that explicit instruction in English phonology for learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) is a valuable aid in promoting communicative competence. Further, it is proposed that limericks can be used as a means for classroom instruction in English phonology. Focus is on ESL instruction for native speakers of Japanese, and the particular problems, often with suprasegmentals, encountered by those learners. An approach to teaching English phonology using the limericks written by Edward Lear in the nineteenth century is described. The technique addresses three important suprasegmental features: stress, unstress, and stress-timed rhythm. A limerick exercise is described. The poems are found particularly useful because they are short, rhyme well, are easy to memorize, and usually include a drawing that helps convey meaning. More conversationally-based, rhythmic language forms such as jazz chants are proposed as a next step in communication-based phonological instruction. Contains 28 references. Five additional Lear limericks are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A