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ERIC Number: ED476261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of Pronunciation Instruction on the Production of English Word-Final Consonants by Brazilian Learners.
Sliveira, Roseanne
This study investigated the role of pronunciation instruction in the acquisition of English word-final consonants by Brazilian students studying English at a Brazilian university. Students participated in either experimental or control groups. Material used for instruction was intended to be appropriate for teaching pronunciation of word-final consonants to beginning Brazilian learners and based on research results in the area of interphonology, taking into account the role of first language interface, different syllabic patterns of English and Brazilian Portuguese, and various degrees of difficulty posed by different word-final consonants in different environments. The main objective was to test the effects of pronunciation instruction by designing a pronunciation manual based on a communicative framework, which was introduced and integrated with the existing language syllabus. Pretest-posttest data indicated that pronunciation instruction facilitated the acquisition of word-final consonants among these students. The experimental group presented lower epenthesis rates following the pronunciation instruction than did the control group. All experimental group students reduced their epenthesis rates in the posttest, compared to only half of the control group students. Epenthesis was the most frequent syllable simplification strategy used to produce English world-final consonants. The pronunciation manual is appended. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil