Teaching Spoken English versus Teaching Pronunciation: A Course in Spoken ESL
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
Professor Shreesh Chaudhary
Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Madras