ACQUISITION AND LEARNING OF ENGLISH PHONOLOGY BY FRENCH SPEAKERS: ON THE ROLES OF SEGMENTS AND SUPRASEGMENTS

Abstract : Researchers increasingly highlight the crucial role of prosody in communication, speech comprehensibility, and the detection of a foreign accent. Thus, the learning and teaching of English as a foreign language would benefit from prioritising the suprasegmental, or prosodic, features (i.e., stress, rhythm, and intonation), rather than the segmental features (i.e., consonants and vowels) as many teachers tend to do, all the more so as prosodic errors often have a more detrimental effect than segmental errors. The present doctoral thesis starts from the hypothesis that French-speaking learners of English could improve their oral skills (production and perception) more if they were primarily taught the prosodic characteristics of the target language, rather than putting the segments in the foreground. Our experimental study compares the impact of a “prosody-based” teaching approach with that of a “segment-based” approach on non-beginner French learners of English. Although the two teaching methods enabled the participants to improve their L2 production and perception skills, compared with a non-treated control group, neither of the two methods enabled them to improve their oral skills more than the other, suggesting that it is important to include segmental and suprasegmental aspects alike in the teaching of English as a foreign language.
Document type :
Theses
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [288 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://hal.univ-lille3.fr/tel-01544516
Contributor : Marc Capliez <>
Submitted on : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 4:50:21 PM
Last modification on : Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:35:45 AM
Long-term archiving on : Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 1:51:01 AM

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : tel-01544516, version 1

Collections

Citation

Marc Capliez. ACQUISITION AND LEARNING OF ENGLISH PHONOLOGY BY FRENCH SPEAKERS: ON THE ROLES OF SEGMENTS AND SUPRASEGMENTS. Linguistics. Université de Lille III - Charles de Gaulle, 2016. English. ⟨tel-01544516⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

206

Files downloads

973