The relevance of phonetics teaching for english sounds perception
Palavras-chave:Phonetics Teaching, Auditory Perception, English Front, High Vowels
As many researches have shown the contributions of phonetics instruction in L2/FL learners’ speech perception and production, this study seeks to investigate the role of phonetics teaching to the perception of the English front high vowels /i/ and /?/ by Brazilian learners from an international language school. Identification pre/posttests were designed through the TP software (RAUBER; RATO; KLUGE; SANTOS, 2012) in order to measure the participants’ perception on the vowels mentioned above. Comparing the results obtained from tests, it is possible to assume that the learners, who received phonetics instruction on the English front high vowels /i/ and /?/, demonstrated a better performance in distinguishing and interpreting those sounds accurately than the learners, who did not receive any instruction. It means that phonetics teaching improves English learners’ sounds perception.
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