SPLIS Webinar: Listener Factors in Pronunciation Teaching

When:  Jun 29, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)


Using an intelligibility-based approach for pronunciation instruction has become widely accepted in both research and classrooms (Levis, 2020). One central concept of intelligibility is that it is only meaningful in the context of a listener. There has been a growing body of research investigating listener factors in both comprehensibility and intelligibility. However, classroom pronunciation teaching understandably focuses largely on learners’ speech itself – which may cause factors beyond the speaker to be overlooked. This talk will focus on the role of the listener in second language pronunciation, including how factors such as listener beliefs, familiarity, and language background can influence how a message is received. There will also be a discussion of how we can address listener factors in pronunciation classrooms with our learners.


Dr. Jennifer A. Foote is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. She researches second language pronunciation and is especially interested in issues around instructor and learner beliefs related to pronunciation instruction, as well as the role of ethics in pronunciation instruction.


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