Integrating form and meaning in L2 pronunciation instruction

T Isaacs

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One of the central challenges of ESL teaching is striking the right balance between form and meaning. In pronunciation pedagogy, this challenge is compounded because repetitive practice, which has been shown to enhance phonological acquisition and promote fluency, is widely viewed as being incompatible with communicative principles. This article provides a brief historical background for modern pronunciation pedagogy (from World War II to the present) as part of a backdrop for understanding the current disjuncture between pronunciation and communicative language teaching. A discussion on form-focused instruction, its applicability for pronunciation pedagogy, and challenges in implementation follows with reference to a recent article that presents evidence for the appropriateness of a communicative instructional framework for teaching L2 pronunciation (Trofimovich & Gatbonton, 2006). Finally, a communicative activity that encourages repetitive practice while integrating pronunciation with other components of language use is proposed.
Translated title of the contributionIntegrating form and meaning in L2 pronunciation instruction
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 12
Number of pages12
JournalTESL Canada Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Rose publication type: Journal article

Sponsorship: Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada; Alberta Scholarship Programs


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