Fall 12-9-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Betsy Parrish

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Suzanne Gilchrist McCurdy

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Laura Code


Second language pronunciation research often focuses on intelligibility from the perspectives of native-speakers. However, few studies focus on English learners’ (ELs) perceptions of pronunciation, and few studies examine linguistic self-confidence (LSC). This study explores advanced-level adult ELs’ perceptions of their own pronunciation and the relationship between their perceptions and LSC. Inspiration for this study comes from ELs in my classes and Tracy Derwing’s 2003 study. This mixed methods study utilized an initial questionnaire followed by individual interviews. Results from data obtained suggest that adult ELs perceive English pronunciation affects quality of life in a variety of ways. Results also suggest that a relationship between ELs’ perspectives of their own pronunciation and LSC exists, but to what extent is unclear. LSC is a highly changeable construct that is affected by personal, cultural, and social elements as well as the context of the communicative situation.

Research Methodology

Interview, Survey


ESL/ ELLs, Pronunciation Perceptions

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