Portland State University. Department of Applied Linguistics
Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
1 online resource (vi, 106 p.)
Language and languages -- Study and teaching -- Methodology, English language -- Study and teaching -- Asian speakers, Intonation (Phonetics) -- Study and teaching -- Asian speakers, Oral reading
This study investigated whether East Asian learners of English (n=8) studying in the US acquired more accurate intonation patterns (compared to native-speaker norms) after receiving five weeks of tutoring focusing on four basic intonation patterns (definite statements, wh-questions, yes/no questions, and tag questions) and using oral reading as the primary practice technique. The study also assessed the students' affective reaction to the teaching method through interviews. The study found that the learners significantly improved their intonational accuracy (based on the judgments of three native speakers who listened to single-sentence recordings [n=868] from questionnaires, exit interviews, and pre- and post-tests) and that they were generally amenable to the teaching technique.
Park, Micah William, "Teaching Intonation Patterns through Reading Aloud" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 267.