SPLIS Webinar: Teaching Pronunciation in World Englishes Context: Prosody Matters

When:  Oct 5, 2022 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)


This webinar begins by positioning the discussion of pronunciation instruction in the context of World Englishes within the historical debate of nativism and intelligibility paradigm, focusing on what pronunciation features are important for mutual intelligibility. Particularly, the discussion will address suprasegmental features, which are marginalized in ESL classrooms and largely excluded as core features in the Lingua Franca Core (Jenkins, 2000). Backed by current research on the role of suprasegmental features on listeners’ perceptual judgments of speakers from different L1 backgrounds (e.g., Huang, 2019), this webinar discusses prosodic features important for mutual intelligibility, such as sentence stress, pauses, and intonation. Also, this webinar will provide teaching tips for teaching suprasegmental features in an EFL language classroom.


meichan_huang2.jpgMeichan Huang is an assistant teaching professor at Syracuse University. Her research interests include second-language speech perception and production, prosody, and World Englishes. Her current research explores the role of prosodic features in intelligibility, comprehensibility, and accentedness judgments of speakers from different language backgrounds and pronunciation instruction in higher education. Her most recent publication is a co-authored book chapter with Dr. Lucy Pickering titled “Teaching pronunciation in the context of multiple varieties of English.”


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