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Teaching Authentic English Pronounciation

Rashtchi, Mehrdad (2011) Teaching Authentic English Pronounciation. journal of edupres, 1 . pp. 119-124.



Most of the evidence from different research and literature indicates that learners beyond the age of puberty cannot acquire authentic pronunciation of a second language, because the articulation muscles have already lost their flexibility to be able to make new sounds which has not been in the first language. However, there are some adult learners who have the ability to achieve a perfect native like pronunciation of English. In relating Howard Gardner?s (1983) theory of multiple intelligences (MI) to second language learning, we can more easily discern the acquisition of authentic accent by adult learners in spite of the flexibility loss of the vocal cords. According to Gardner?s theory, which attaches important features to the notion of intelligence, learners within a wide range of IQs can be successful in acquiring a second language. In this regard, “musical intelligence” -the forth intelligence in Gardner?s theory- can explain the relative ease that learners have in perceiving and producing the intonation patterns of a language. This research aims to seek ways to enhance the ability of language learners to acquire more native-like pronunciation by the aid of their musical intelligence which is almost an innate ability in everyone. Keywords: Teaching, English & Pronounciation

Item Type:Article
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
ID Code:15933
Deposited By: Assoc. Prof Dr Azizi Yahaya
Deposited On:05 Oct 2011 00:10
Last Modified:11 Sep 2017 00:49

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