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How do I pronounce this word?: Strategies used among Swedish learners of English when pronouncing unfamiliar words
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Centrum för språk- och litteraturdidaktik.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to identify some of the strategies students used when pronouncing unfamiliar words. Questionnaires were handed out to 94 students in the 9th grade in a medium-sized Swedish town. In addition, two teachers and 13 students were interviewed. The results indicate that the students had acquired some basic knowledge about the English sound system from phonetic training in their past education. However, there seemed to be a tendency among the students to use the trial-and-error strategy to a larger extent than using tools such as phonetic transcription in order to figure out the pronunciation of a word. The results also show that the teachers did not teach planned lessons on pronunciation, but instead it was more common that they responded to errors made by students. In conclusion, the results show that the students' knowledge in pronunciation in general was limited. In addition, there seemed to be a connection between the way the students and the teachers approached pronunciation and the student's ability to solve pronunciation issues.

 

 

 

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2008. , p. 33
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Pronunciation, reactive teaching, intelligibility, phonetic training, trial-and-error
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-4060OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-4060DiVA, id: diva2:218717
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