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ERIC Number: EJ946402
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1041-679X
The Teaching of L2 Pronunciation through Processing Instruction
Gonzales-Bueno, Manuela; Quintana-Lara, Marcela
Applied Language Learning, v21 n1-2 p53-78 2011
The goal of this study is to pilot test whether the instructional approach known as Processing Instruction could be adapted to the teaching of second language (L2) pronunciation. The target sounds selected were the Spanish tap and trill. Three groups of high school students of Spanish as a foreign language participated in the study. One group received the Pronunciation Processing Instruction treatment. A second group received a traditional listen-repeat treatment, and a third had no treatment. The duration of each treatment was nine weeks. The students' perception of these sounds was determined by a discrimination test and an identification test given before and after the implementation of each pedagogical approach. Performance in production was established by spectrographic analysis of the pre- and post-recorded data. A descriptive analysis of each groups' perception data demonstrated no difference in the pre- and post-treatment results. However, a production data analysis revealed a trend towards improvement in the group that received Pronunciation Processing Instruction. The research and pedagogical implications follow. (Contains 5 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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