Optimizing Pronunciation and Prosody Teaching in Second Language Learning

Li-chiung Yang


There has been a growing realization of the importance of authentic human interactions attendant to both first and second language learning. By contrast to L1 learners, the older L2 learner faces a greatly changed learning environment and more adult-oriented communicative opportunities, and must overcome loss of aural sensitivity and limited exposure to the prosodic systems of expressiveness appropriate to the target language. Research has shown that exposure to the suprasegmental levels of authentic speech has significant positive effects on learners’ fluency in production. The current paper reports preliminary results on the experience of adopting a 2nd language teaching method for medium to advanced learners of English that focuses on improving phonetic pronunciation and prosodic competence towards native-like competency. The method adopted prioritizes shadowing and training in aural sensitivity to authentic language at the suprasegmental level.


 DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-14

Cite as: Yang, L. (2016) Optimizing Pronunciation and Prosody Teaching in Second Language Learning. Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics, 68-73, DOI: 10.21437/ISAPh.2016-14.


@inproceedings{Yang2016,
  author={Li-chiung Yang},
  title={Optimizing Pronunciation and Prosody Teaching in Second Language Learning},
  year=2016,
  booktitle={Proc. ISAPh 2016 International Symposium on Applied Phonetics},
  pages={68--73},
  doi={10.21437/ISAPh.2016-14},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/ISAPh.2016-14}
}