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An intelligibility-based approach to English pronunciation teaching: evidence from [r] production

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Issue Date
2013
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.49 No.3, pp. 631-646
Keywords
English speakingintelligibilityhuman ratersacoustic analysisEnglish pronunciation education
Description
Partial contents were presented to 2013 ALAK international conference held in Busan University of Foreign Studies. This work is supported by the College of Education at Seoul National University (2012-2013).
Abstract
This work was to support the intelligibility-based approach to teaching English pronunciation through the experimental tests. In this study, both production and perception experiments were conducted for thirty three-levelled Korean learners of English and five native English speakers. The results showed that native English raters marked good /r/ sound of Korean speech of English which showed a comparatively wide range of F3 between 2,150 and 2,550 Hz. Considering that native English speakers produced a comparatively narrow F3 range with low mean value between 1,700 and 1,800 Hz, we came to understand that they were tolerant of foreigners wide range of F3 for [r] signals with comparatively high mean value. Overall, this experiment clearly showed that we should rely more on the intelligibility principle, not on the native-like accurate pronunciation features, for the teaching of English pronunciation. It implies that pronunciation teaching should adopt the intelligibility-based approach.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/90738
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 49 Number 1/3 (2013)
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