ERIC Number: EJ1130411
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Relevance of Accent in L2 Pronunciation Instruction: A Matter of Teaching Cultures or Language Ideologies?
International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, v11 n3 p259-270 2016
The aim of this paper is to offer a critical discussion of the role of native and foreign accents in L2 pronunciation teaching. Several studies concluded that classroom practices of grammar instruction are strongly influenced by teaching cultures. We will examine whether this is also the case for pronunciation teaching. While the CEFR ("Common European Framework of Reference for Languages") recognises accent as a pivotal aspect in language learning, textbooks rarely account for phonetic variation. Examples from French reveal the importance of both teaching cultures and (standard) language ideologies which directly affect the way accents are treated in L2 instruction. These findings highlight the urgency to reassess the construct of nativeness in pronunciation instruction and to adapt curriculum planning to meet the needs of L2 language teaching in complex multilingual and multicultural settings.
Descriptors: Relevance (Education), French, Pronunciation, Pronunciation Instruction, Second Language Learning, Phonetics, Native Speakers, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, Grammar, Language Variation, Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Textbooks
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: France