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ERIC Number: EJ1127806
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
Using Writing to Teach Pronunciation: An Experimental Fourth-­Year University Spanish Phonetics/Phonology Course
Hubert, Michael D.; Vigil, Donny
Applied Language Learning, v27 n1-2 p18-40 2017
Adult second/foreign language acquisition is extremely challenging for many learners, with pronunciation often the one aspect in which otherwise very proficient language users fall short. Although a great deal of research has found that formal instruction in phonetics/phonology may improve learner pronunciation, no study has yet addressed the effects that the addition of formal written assignments to classroom instruction in phonetics/phonology may have on the development of learner pronunciation. This study investigated the effects of explicit instruction involving extensive writing assignments on learner acquisition of the Spanish voiced approximants [ßð?] and the glides [jw]. Twenty eight native English-speaking students enrolled in two different advanced seminars on Spanish phonetics/phonology were tested on their ability to produce the targeted sounds at the beginning and end of a university semester. Results indicated that moderate benefits may accrue by using writing to teach pronunciation for some learners in this type of course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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