"No, they won't 'just sound like each other'": NNS-NNS Negotiated Interaction and Attention to Phonological Form on Targeted L2 Pronunciation Tasks

by Laura Sicola


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Can two non-native speakers (NNSs) work together to improve their L2 pronunciation? This book explores this question by extending task-based learning research into the field of L2 phonology/pronunciation. Three university-level L2 English pronunciation classes performed a two-way, interactive map task balancing communicative value and form essentialness in order to maximize the need to negotiate the target form. Analysis sought to identify processes by which NNSs drew each other’s attention to the targeted phoneme through corrective feedback, modified production and other strategies. The influence of task design was also explored. Participants’ ability to push each other toward more targetlike control – rather than appropriating each others’ non-targetlike productions – provided evidence of steps in adult learners’ L2 phonological development, and hold implications for the use of a task-based approach to teaching pronunciation in the L2 classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631584767
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 12/03/2008
Pages: 113
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Laura Sicola, Ph.D., received her doctorate in educational linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (USA). She has taught bilingual elementary school in Los Angeles, high school EFL in Nagoya (Japan), and university-level ESL at the University of Pennsylvania where she currently lectures on approaches and methods in TESOL.

Table of Contents

Contents: Second language acquisition – L2 phonology – Pronunciation – Task-based language teaching/learning –Attention – Negotiation – Corrective feedback – Modification – Nonnative-nonnative interaction – Accent – Intelligibility – Cognitive processing – Output – Pushed output – Explicit/implicit negotiation.

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