Teaching Spoken English versus Teaching Pronunciation: A Course in Spoken ESL

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Courses in pronunciation emphasize standards extraneous to the learner. For adult learners, changing habits of speech may be difficult. Teaching spoken English, on the other hand, aims merely at comprehensibility. The idea is not to sound like another person, but to be understood easily. The course, therefore, does not emphasize teaching only of the sound of the target language (TL), but includes teaching parts of the culture, discourse features, speaking slowly, right stress, intonation and rhythm, etc. in the TL. The talk will present salient features of a course in spoken English to claim that teaching speaking is easier and more likely to succeed than teaching mere pronunciation in any language.

Keywords: Pronunciation, Speaking, Sound, Tempo, Stress, Standard, Comprehensibility
Stream: Languages Education and Second Language Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Professor Shreesh Chaudhary

Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

I have taught English as a second / foreign language for over thirty years. I have studied history, structure and use of English in India, and have published papers and books on these subjects. My most recent book, Foreigners and Foreign Languages in India: A Sociolinguistic History, was published by the Cambridge University Press (India) in 2009. Besides teaching English and linguistics at a leading university in India, I do and guide researches in form, use and teaching of English in non-native contexts. Currently, I am working on the grammatical intuition of multilingual children. I studied English language and literature and teaching English in India and the U.K.

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