Efectos de la ensenanza explicita de pronunciacion en estudiantes de espanol de nivel intermedio
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Pronunciation has been shown to be an important component of the communication process, to the extent that a bad pronunciation can interfere with oral communication. However, pronunciation is hardly ever taught explicitly in the language classroom, on the grounds that it is extremely difficult for an adult to attain native proficiency. Research has suggested that other factors, such as the lack of materials used for teaching, the instructor’s lack of knowledge of phonology, and the different dialectal varieties of a language might be also pretty powerful reasons for the absence of the phonological component in class. This study shows that explicit instruction of pronunciation improves students’ ability to communicate and, to a certain extent, reduces the features of pronunciation considered to be markers of “foreign accent”.