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Full Title: Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

Short Title: PSLLT
Location: Ames, Iowa, USA
Start Date: 20-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Contact: John Levis
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Meeting Description: 5th Annual Conference
Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa USA

Pronunciation in the Language Teaching Curriculum
September 20-21, 2013

Plenary Speaker: Lynda Yates, Macquarie University (Australia)

Pronunciation, once a mainstay of language teaching and language teacher education, has long been ignored or relegated to elective status in the classroom. Even though research has established that pronunciation plays a central role in speech intelligibility (e.g., Brodkey, 1972; Fayer & Krasinski, 1987; Smith & Rafiqzad, 1979), and teachers and learners believe in its value (MacDonald, 2002), pronunciation is rarely incorporated into instructional objectives, and when it is taught is usually done so in an ad hoc fashion. In regard to teacher education, Murphy (1997) found that TESL teacher preparation programs that included coursework in phonetics and phonology could greatly benefit by focusing on applied approaches to phonology, including practical training in teaching pronunciation. However, pronunciation teacher education has not changed much since that time, and there is still a great need for training in the teaching of pronunciation in language teacher education.

Richard Cauldwell, formerly of Birmingham University (UK) and the creator of Streaming Speech and other innovative and authentic spoken language materials, will lead an optional full-day pre-conference workshop on Pronunciation and Listening on Thursday, September 19. This will be available for a nominal fee for all conference participants.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Phonetics; Phonology
LL Issue: 24.1668

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