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Effects of Second Language Pronunciation Teaching Revisited: A Proposed Measurement Framework and Meta-Analysis

Saito, K; Plonsky, L; (2019) Effects of Second Language Pronunciation Teaching Revisited: A Proposed Measurement Framework and Meta-Analysis. Language Learning , 69 (3) pp. 652-708. 10.1111/lang.12345. Green open access

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Abstract

We propose a new framework for conceptualizing measures of instructed second language (L2) pronunciation performance according to three sets of parameters: (a) the constructs (focused on global vs. specific aspects of pronunciation), (b) the scoring method (human raters vs. acoustic analyses), and (c) the type of knowledge elicited (controlled vs. spontaneous). Adopting this model (Framework for L2 Pronunciation Measurement) as a synthetic tool, we coded the instruments found in 77 studies of L2 pronunciation teaching published between 1982 and 2017. We calculated the frequency of each measurement type and reexamined the interaction of instructional effectiveness and measurement within the sample. According to the results, instruction is most effective when it targets learners’ monitored production of specific segmental or suprasegmental features. The efficacy of instruction remains relatively unclear when gains are measured globally via subjective, human judgments, especially at a spontaneous level.

Type: Article
Title: Effects of Second Language Pronunciation Teaching Revisited: A Proposed Measurement Framework and Meta-Analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/lang.12345
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/lang.12345
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Second language pronunciation; pronunciation teaching; instructed SLA; meta-analysis; research synthesis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068780
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