Pronunciation problems of Turkish Learners in English learning

DEMIRCIOGLU, Mehmet Deniz (2013) Pronunciation problems of Turkish Learners in English learning. 3rd International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.

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Key words: pronunciation,voiced,voiceless,intonation,diphthong,Turkish learner ABSTRACT In our modern, digital world, having fluent English is a necessity for everybody from every point of view, such as science, technology, international trade, diplomacy, medicine and so on. Having a competence in English grammar is no longer sufficient for someone who wants to communicate effectively in English, they also need to use skills particularly listening and speaking in an integrated fashion. In the Turkish education system, speaking (accurate pronunciation in particular) and listening have been consistently neglected by not only Turkish teachers who teach English but also Turkish students at the state primary, secondary, and high schools. Most Turkish students reach an intermediate level in English grammar. However, upper intermediate and advanced levels of English are generally thought to be a step too far for Turkish learners to attain owing to problems pronouncing specific vowels and consonants that are not available in Turkish language. Some vowels and consonants that are not available in Turkish language create articulation problems which form a barrier for Turkish learners to overcome easily. These are generally the voiced dental fricative and the voiceless dental fricative sounds. Some diphthongs in English such as the pronunciation of "Cow" or "Show" can also create some articulation problems for Turkish learners to pronounce accurately. In this presentation, I will explain the specific pronunciation problems Turkish learners encounter and demonstrate a number of activities and strategies I have adopted to solve these difficulties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Divisions: Education Faculty > English Language and Literature Department
Depositing User: Mr. Serdar Ozgoze
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 12:38
Last Modified: 29 May 2013 12:38

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