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The purpose of this study is to determine whether explicit instruction on rhoticity, that is the pronunciation of syllable-final /r/, improves listening comprehension of international varieties of English. This study involves seven English learners in the South East of England. The participants were divided into a treatment group and a control group. The treatment group received explicit instruction on rhoticity. The pre- and post-tests, as well as pre- and post-test surveys, were analyzed and compared. The results of this study show that listening comprehension of non-rhotic varieties improves with explicit instruction and that participants find explicit instruction of rhoticity useful.
Jenkins, Jessica L., "Explicit instructions of rhoticity: teaching the phonological features of international varieties of English to improve the listening comprehension of English learners" (2013). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 528.