15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Language Input and Choice of English Pronunciation Models in Local Contexts

Darío Barrera-Pardo, Teresa López-Soto

Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

We present a methodological approach which takes into consideration the quantity and quality of language input the student encounters so that EFL instructors may choose the appropriate English pronunciation model. We have analyzed the language input in an EFL class at the university level. Our evidence shows that learners are exposed to a pronunciation standard (General American) that is often divergent from the speech norms that are the focus of instruction (so-called British standard, formerly Received Pronunciation).
   Our methodological model can especially be used when there are no other features to be considered, such as interaccent acceptability, sociolinguistic weight, the learners' attitude toward the target accent, etc. This model fits into a pronunciation course where the student encounters the varieties of English pronunciations in use throughout the world.

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Bibliographic reference.  Barrera-Pardo, Darío / López-Soto, Teresa (2003): "Language input and choice of English pronunciation models in local contexts", In ICPhS-15, 2837-2840.