SPLIS Webinar: Applying TBLT techniques to L2 pronunciation learning

When:  Jan 27, 2022 from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (ET)


Developing learners’ pronunciation in the second language is often a challenge because L2 phonological features are greatly influenced by the learners’ L1. This webinar will present a Task-Based Pronunciation Teaching (TBPT) project, which aims at raising learners’ awareness of the phonological differences between L1 Spanish and L2 English through communicative tasks (Mora-Plaza, 2021). We apply task-based language teaching principles to pronunciation learning through the design of real-world problem-solving tasks that make L2 phonological forms essential to task completion. Task manipulation techniques (i.e., task-essentialness, input flooding, and input enhancement) to induce a focus on phonetic form during interaction will be discussed, and classroom-based materials will be shared with the audience.


Ingrid Mora-Plaza is a lecturer at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Her research focuses on L2 pronunciation learning and teaching and the effects of cognitive individual differences on L2 speech acquisition. She investigates the potential benefits of task-based pronunciation teaching and high-variability phonetic training on L2 speech development in instructional settings.


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Catherine Showalter