Temple University Japan:
Applied Methods for Researching and Teaching L2 Pronunciation
Date: Saturday, June 26th, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Speaker: Alyssa Kermad (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, U.S.A.)
This seminar will be conducted by 3-hour online Zoom sessions for four days: Saturday, June 26, Sunday, June 27, Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 from 10:00 to 13:00 (JST). Students taking this seminar for credit must attend all four days. Students can add/drop this seminar course by 14:00 on Saturday, June 26. The pre sign-up (or course registration for those who are taking this seminar for credit) is required for anybody attending the public session on Saturday, June 26 from 14:00 to 17:00. The sign-up process must be completed through "Distinguished Lecturer Series Seminar Sign-Up Form that is available on TUJ Grad Ed website. The sign-up deadline is Friday, June 25 at 12:00. The public session Zoom link will be provided to those people who completed the online sign-up (or course registration) process between 17:00-18:00 on Friday, June 25.
The overarching aim of this seminar is to develop an awareness of the area of second language (L2) English speech and pronunciation which has received increasingly more attention and importance over the years, especially considering that there are currently more non-native English speakers than native English speakers. This seminar takes a bottom-up approach to the topic, beginning with an overview of the English sound system, including segmental and suprasegmental properties of speech. This seminar will cover core concepts of David Brazil's (1997) framework of intonation, including the context of interaction, prominent syllables, tone units, pitch, and intonation. Instruction will be provided for analyzing and quantifying speech properties related to fluency, word stress, sentence prominence, pitch, and intonation. Praat, a speech analysis software, will be used alongside this instruction to visually illustrate the physical correlates of these speech properties. The seminar will conclude with discussions on the topics of research and teaching in L2 speech and pronunciation. For research, this seminar will survey recent findings related to L2 speech patterns, especially those with a focus on suprasegmental production. This seminar will also consider important methodological issues in research design. Finally, for teaching, this seminar will explore the applications of Praat for teaching and learning in the language classroom.
Organization: Temple University Japan
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