Effects of mispronounciation???

For general discussion between ESL teachers.

Moderator: Susan

alpratblue
Member
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Italy

Effects of mispronounciation???

Unread postby alpratblue » Sat Dec 17, 2005 7:42 am

can anyone answer to this question please?
what are the effects of mispronounciation in a person's life?

thanks

joedeveto
Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu Dec 15, 2005 4:01 am
Location: United States
Contact:

Effects of mispronunciation

Unread postby joedeveto » Tue Dec 20, 2005 1:18 pm

Hi Alpratblue,

Unfortunately, nobody can really answer your question. In my experience as both a teacher and a language learner, pronunciation mistakes cause problems that are completely unpredictable. Sometimes, I am sure that I have mispronounced a word here in China, but people understand me. Other times, I think I pronounce something correctly, but people are confused.

One thing I have noticed is that misunderstandings can increase when vocabulary and sentence structure are weak. A good, clear sentence using the appropriate vocabulary can help overcome poor pronunciation while short, limited sentences made up of vague words makes a pronunciation mistake a major problem.

Another thing I have noticed, at least for English, is that rhythm is very important. Of course, you must pronounce each sound as clearly as possible (Some of my weaker students in China leave out many sounds when they speak. For example, they might pronounce television as "elewiya"!) but as long as you come close, and have good rhythm, you can usually be understood.

dzankelo
Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Thu May 25, 2006 5:19 pm
Location: Venezuela

Unread postby dzankelo » Thu May 25, 2006 5:40 pm

But I think it's important to watch out and correct mistake in the classroom sesion. We all know nobody speaks perfect; however when some one teaches should be aware that students make progress in their learning process

Jessy
Member
Posts: 2
Joined: Fri May 26, 2006 9:45 am

Unread postby Jessy » Fri May 26, 2006 9:50 am

What I want to say is that in daily life, a mispronunciation doesn't matter as long as people can understand you. But, a mispronunciation in classroom should be corredted immediately because that may affect students' learning.

eric_p_m
Prolific Member
Prolific Member
Posts: 109
Joined: Fri Aug 11, 2006 3:10 pm
Status: Teacher Trainer
Location: United States
Contact:

phonetic training...

Unread postby eric_p_m » Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:09 am

Dear Alpratblue,

I venture to state that a given context allows a specific error margin. Foreign language learners are usually given a wider berth for phonetic, lexical, and grammatical mistakes, but native speakers find no such compassion: speech pathologists tend to earn an incredible amount of money helping a wide array of speakers overcome their specific phonetic difficulties.

In a formal business context, phonetic errors would be detrimental but pale in comparison with cultural blunders.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/

odyssey
Busy Member
Busy Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Mon May 09, 2005 5:33 pm
Location: UK

Unread postby odyssey » Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:04 am

The importance of correct pronunciation:
http://www.fun-with-english.co.uk/2005/ ... ation.html


Return to “ESL Teacher Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests