To Say and to Hear: Phonetic Learning Model in English Foreign Language Classroom
Raising studentsí awareness of the target language phonology is one of the aims in foreign language teaching. Different methods are used for this depending on the learnerís age. Courses on phonetics are often used for these purposes at university level. This paper focuses on the development of pronunciation awareness and how it is affected by phonetics teaching. Finnish university students of English attended a pronunciation test, and also listed words that they found problematic to pronounce. This study compares studentsí pronunciation with their subjective evaluation of their pronunciation problems. The evaluations collected before and after a course in English phonetics are compared. According to the results, the subjectsí evaluations were partly affected by awareness-raising. The results also show a considerable difference in the evaluation of liquids.
Index Terms- Awareness, English foreign language (EFL), phonetics, pronunciation.