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Intelligibility and identity: From teaching pronunciation to training for spoken language variation

Abstract : The synthesis volume entitled Intelligibility and identity: From teaching pronunciation to training for spoken language variation comprises four parts. The first retraces the development of the author’s professional stance as a language teacher (particularly within an EFL context) and her theoretical stance as a researcher working in the phonodidactics of English, defined as the teaching of the pronunciation of English as a second or additional language. The second part explores the concepts of intelligibility and identity, emphasizing the role of listeners – on both the cognitive and social levels – in how English spoken with an accent is decoded and received. The synthetic review of research into accentedness, comprehensibility, intelligibility, and acceptability naturally leads into a discussion of issues related to identity, notably on how the speaker’s identity is partly decided upon by listeners. The implications of these issues follow in the third part, which addresses the choices teachers face when they prioritise and design pronunciation instruction, and how they could adapt their practice to help speakers and listeners to better cope with variation. Focusing on adult, French L1 users of English, three pedagogical principles are presented, to orient L2 English pronunciation teaching so that it successfully integrates both cognitive and social factors. This opens onto the final part where the author’s current research is described and three future research foci are outlined: pronunciation teaching in ESP classes; description of foreign-accented speech and evaluation of its impact on listeners; impact of variation training, in particular the development of on-line ear training as part of the UndOA project (Understanding Other Accents).
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Alice Henderson. Intelligibility and identity: From teaching pronunciation to training for spoken language variation. Education. Université Savoie Mont Blanc, 2021. ⟨tel-03295473⟩

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