ERIC Number: ED408856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Integrating Pronunciation for Fluency in Presentation Skills.
Pronunciation teaching of the segmental aspects needs to be balanced with the inclusion of learner awareness of stress, rhythm, intonation and meaningful production. Yet many formats for pronunciation teaching do not place these skills and an awareness of the suprasegmental features in either a communicative format or a specific speaking situation. Learners' reasons for improving pronunciation may, however, be quite specific. For many ESL and EFL learners skillful pronunciation is linked with effective presentation in an international context of developing globalization. The paper presents a case for the application of pronunciation development to the needs of learners who are undertaking presentation skills courses or speech communication training. A range of pronunciation skills applicable to presentation speaking courses are presented within a framework of integrating accuracy skills with fluency development. Evidence of the importance of the links between suprasegmental awareness and production is discussed. Secondly, the practical application of speech production approaches will be linked to the growing marketplace demand for presentation skills in both EFL and ESL situations. (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (31st, Orlando, FL, March 11-15, 1997).