To What Extend Does Dramatic Storytelling Have On Adult ESL Learners’ Ability To Recognize And Use Emphatic Stress In English?
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Secondary Advisor/Reader One
Pronunciation is an important, but sometimes ignored, area of second language teaching. The purpose of this study is to look at dramatic storytelling as a method for teaching adult ESL learners how to use and recognize emphatic stress in English. Eighteen adult ESL learners from a variety of language backgrounds participated in this six-week action research-based study. Participants were required to take listening tests and deliver storytelling performances in order to track their progress in using and recognizing emphatic stress. Students were also asked to take a pre and post study survey in order for the instructor to gain an understanding of the learners’ attitudes towards pronunciation practice, accents, and storytelling. Results from the study concluded that dramatic storytelling did improve adult ESL students’ use and awareness of emphatic stress.
Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Pronunciation
Bennett, Abigail Lynn, "To What Extend Does Dramatic Storytelling Have On Adult ESL Learners’ Ability To Recognize And Use Emphatic Stress In English?" (2015). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 101.