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Title: Iranian EFL Learners’ Difficulties in English Pronunciation: Some pedagogical implications of computer assisted pronunciation teaching
Author: Akbar Sohrabie
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Homepage: http://sites.google.com/site/sohrabieakbar/
Institution: Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: A good pronunciation in English is the area that learners have the most difficulty in. According to Weil (2001) and Weinberger (2000), one’s native tongue is a largely determining factor in a foreign language one learns. Consequently, EFL learners modify the English phonetic features to meet their needs in expressing themselves verbally which results foreign accent./L//L/This study inspects some pronunciation mistakes of Iranian EFL learners. It reviews briefly the available literature on foreign language pronunciation teaching for deriving some general guidelines for an effective training pattern, and investigates the status of Computer Assisted Pronunciation Teaching in modern language teaching, because “…CAPT can be beneficial to second or foreign language learning as it provides a private, stress-free environment in which students can access virtually unlimited input, practice at their own pace” (Neri et al 2002). /L//L/Two software programs (Sephonics by M. Wartoft, 2002 and Pronunciation Patterns by xCers Corp. 2006) pertaining to pronunciation training were utilized to appraise CAPT with a view to establishing whether it can be catered to be pedagogical to serve as a remedial solution to Accent./L//L/30 randomly selected EFL learners were asked to read some made-up sentences. Their utterances were analyzed for their accent. 15 subjects were trained by ordinary methods of pronunciation teaching and 15 by the two software programs./L//L/In conclusion, it was observed that 65 percent of those trained by ordinary methods improved their performance, whereas nearly 85 percent of those trained by the software programs developed a better performance in a shorter time of training.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: The 5th Asia TEFL International Conference


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