Overcoming pitfalls in pronunciation: an investigation into perspectives on pronunciation workshops

Dawn Gillis, Caitlin Margaret Feenstra

Research output: Unpublished conference presentation (presented paper, abstract, poster)Conference presentation (not published in journal/proceeding/book)Teaching and learning


Most EFL academic courses include a spoken component which is graded on criterion such as pronunciation and fluency. In Hong Kong, data from a course a Hong Kong PolyU indicates local students perform least well in these areas. However, the courses do not always have a pronunciation focus. Chan (2010) in her study of tertiary students in Hong Kong, argued for the importance of incorporating speech training to improve the level of English pronunciation. Thus, a series of elective interactive pronunciation workshops were developed and conducted which included, for example, problem sounds, intonation and fluency. Data for this study was collected through questionnaires, focused group interviews and teacher feedback. This presentation will share student and teacher perceptions of the effectiveness of these workshops.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusNot published / presented only - 27 Nov 2020
EventAsia TEFL International Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …


ConferenceAsia TEFL International Conference
Period1/01/03 → …


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