〈Research Notes〉Japanese Student Perceptions of Pronunciation Needs : The Importance of Segmentals, Suprasegmentals, and Native-Like Proficiency
type:Departmental Bulletin Paper
[Abstract] Japanese university students are not given adequate exposure to phonological education, especially natural speech phenomenon. This lack of awareness and experience in productive phonological skills in early foreign language education hinders learners' further development, not only in speaking, but also other basic language skills, especially at the university level where productive oral proficiency and intelligibility are newly emphasized. In this exploratory study, 378 oral English students reported fairly strong values of pronunciation practice and of attaining native-like proficiency. They perceived phoneme-level segmental features to be as important as suprasegmental word and sentence-level features to intelligibility. With easy to learn rules, productive discourselevel practice, and prediction exercises, educators could better prepare learners for realworld language encounters, lower their affective barriers, and promote life-long autonomous learning.
- 近畿大学教養・外国語教育センター紀要. 外国語編 = Kinki university center for liberal arts and foreign language education journal. foreign language edition
近畿大学教養・外国語教育センター紀要. 外国語編 = Kinki university center for liberal arts and foreign language education journal. foreign language edition 5 (2), 135-156, 2014-11-01