Capstone Project Title
Lee, S. ELLTeachers Guide to Pronunciation: A Contrastive Analysis of S’gaw Karen and American English Phonetics and Phonology (2020)
The purpose of this study (Lee, 2020) was to determine the phonological features of English that provide the largest challenge to the pronunciation of S’gaw Karen speaking ELL students in order to inform the development of a curricular resource meant to help educators increase the comprehensible speech output in English. A review of literature revealed a gap of academic work around the S’gaw language especially pertaining to instructional methodologies for language teachers. To guide the development of this resource, the author performed a linguistic analysis of the two languages, taking into consideration the contrastive analysis hypothesis, intelligibility principle, and functional load theory. The related guide incorporates Celce-Murcia et. al.’s five step instructional model for pronunciation to provide educators a variety of exercises to utilize in English language classrooms when working with S’gaw speaking students. Specifically, this guide addresses word final consonant deletion, vowel sounds /I/ and /æ/ and consonant sounds /d/ and /z/. This resource will be the first to specifically address the gap in linguistic resources available to ELL educators of S’gaw speaking students. (174)
Lee, Shana, "ELL Teachers Guide to Pronunciation: A Contrastive Analysis of S'gaw Karen and American English Phonetics and Phonology" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 517.
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