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Voice and Mirroring in L2 Pronunciation Instruction

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Voice and Mirroring in L2 Pronunciation Instruction presents an approach to teaching pronunciation which aims for learners to internalize the “voices” (complexes of linguistic and non-linguistic features that embody particular speakers’ emotion, social stance, and group identification) of proficient speakers of the second language (L2). Beginning with a review of “bottom-up” and “top-down” approaches to second language acquisition (SLA) research and pronunciation teaching, the authors present previously published and new findings in interlanguage phonology and variationist approaches to SLA showing the powerful impact of sociolinguistic context on L2 pronunciation. On the basis of this review, the authors argue that a top-down approach which begins with social context is preferable in both the research and teaching of L2 pronunciation. They highlight the Mirroring Project as one such approach that includes the social factors impacting L2 pronunciation, such as interlocutor, empathy, and nonverbal elements. With accompanying instructional activities that have been used in a variety of teaching and learning settings in the U.S., the authors demonstrate how this project can help language learners modify their L2 pronunciation patterns and improve their intelligibility as they internalize and channel the voices of speakers they have selected as models.

The audience for the volume includes language teachers, particularly those desiring to use top-down pedagogical approaches like the Mirroring Project to improve learners’ intelligibility, and academic researchers interested in studying the way adults can acquire second language phonology by holistically adopting and channeling the voices of speakers they admire. The book is also of potential interest to language teacher educators, curriculum developers, and textbook writers.

Published: Jan 30, 2023

Series


Section Chapter Authors
Prelims
Series Editor's Preface Martha Pennington
Chapter 1
Introduction to Voice and Mirroring in L2 Pronunciation Instruction Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 2
Bottom-up and Top-down Theories of Second-language Acquisition Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 3
Top-down Research on Interlanguage Phonology Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 4
Research on the Impact of Internalized Voices on Interlanguage Phonology Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 5
Top-down Pronunciation Pedagogies with a Focus on Voice and Intelligibility Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 6
The Mirroring Project Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Chapter 7
Conclusion Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
End Matter
Appendix A: Student Worksheets and Handouts for Mirroring Activities in L2 Classrooms Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone
Appendix B: Teacher Notes for the Mirroring Project Darren LaScotte, Colleen Meyers, Elaine Tarone