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Second language pronunciation learning at a university level

Grant recipients:

Svetlana Kaminskaïa and Dominique Louër, French Studies

(Project timeline: May 2018-April 2019)

Description

The proposed research aims examining language learners’ progress in a French pronunciation course. Also, it intends to identify aspects of the Anglophone learners’ first language that are transferred in their second language oral production and keep persisting at the end of the course. The objectives are both pedagogical and theoretical. First, we aim to identify aspects that need more attention and practice in class or in the language lab. Second, the results of this research will help better understand the interaction between English and French sound systems. To achieve our purposes, we intend to analyze text reading recordings in English and two recordings completed by students as course assignments (pre-test and post-test). The results of this research will contribute to enhancing teaching, will lead to better students’ experience and deeper learning, and will add to linguistic and to second language learning theories.

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