Pronunciation in English as an International Language : From Research to Practice
Recent years have seen a renewed recognition of the crucial role pronunciation plays in learning English as a second language, foreign language or international language (ESL/EFL/EIL) and its close link to other aspects such as listening, speaking and vocabulary. In spite of its recognized importance, however, pronunciation is still a marginalized skill in many programmes due to teachers’ lack of required phonetic and phonological knowledge and the paucity of comprehensive course texts targeted for this particular type of learners. Meanwhile, there has been a rapid increase over the last few decades in the research on phonetics and phonology and on pronunciation features of varieties of English that have emerged in recent years. This book aims to bridge the gap and bring forth recent research findings and their implications on the teaching of pronunciation in ESL/EFL/EIL programmes.