The Importance of Teaching Pronunciation to Adult Learners

| February 5, 2005
Title
The Importance of Teaching Pronunciation to Adult Learners

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Author
Tim Thompson & Matt Gaddes

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The authors are employed at Woosong University, South Korea.

Abstract
If the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH) is valid, what can be gained from attempting to teach pronunciation at the college level? According to Vitanova and Miller (2002), students were excited about their improvement in segmentals, supra-segmentals, self-monitoring and self-correction. Improvement is important and attainable even though native speaker like pronunciation may be impossible after a certain age. So while younger learners may have the advantage of being able to achieve such pronunciation proficiency, adult learners are able to use their cognitive abilities to improve through self-monitoring and_self-correction.

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