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Teaching Suprasegmentals:Why and How

  • 1.  Teaching Suprasegmentals:Why and How

    Posted 27 days ago

    Suprasegmentals, also called prosody, involves the use of pitch, length, and loudness to communicate meaning. In English, suprasegmentals include word stress, rhythm, prominence, final intonation, and pitch range, but they also involve how we vary our voice use. Suprasegmentals are essential for effective communication because they add meaning beyond that expressed by the words alone. Prof. Levis will talk about why it is important to teach different suprasegmentals, and he will provide a number of ideas to introduce suprasegmentals to learners of English.

    Presenter:  John M. Levis

    John Levis, PhD, MAT, MA, BA, BS, is Professor of English, Applied Linguistics & TESL at Iowa State University, where his main interest is the teaching of second language pronunciation. He co-edited Social Dynamics in Second Language Accent (De Gruyter Mouton, 2014), the Handbook of English Pronunciation (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015), and Pronunciation: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (Taylor & Francis, 2017). His most recent book is Intelligibility, Oral Communication, and the Teaching of Pronunciation (Cambridge University Press, 2018). He also initiated the annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference in 2009 and is the founding editor of the Journal of Second Language Pronunciation (2015-present).               

    CATESOL Teaching of Pronunciation Interest Group (TOP-IG) Hosts:
    Marsha Chan and Jaydene Elvin, Co-coordinators; Randy Rightmire, Assistant Coordinator

    Members: Free
    Non-members: $5

    Event Date:
    Event Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific (UTC-7)
    CATESOL Zoom Room (link provided upon registration)
    Contact Person:

    Marsha J. Chan
    "Pronunciation Doctor"