Using the shadowing technique to improve suprasegmental pronunciation: Seeking a feasible instruction method.

Schmidt, Paul (2015) Using the shadowing technique to improve suprasegmental pronunciation: Seeking a feasible instruction method. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

This action research study pursues productive methods of teaching a

relatively unknown technique called shadowing for gaining suprasegmental

pronunciation skills. In this technique, a learner listens to recorded input and

simultaneously speaks along to try to match suprasegmental features. The

research features five South Korean participants who individually took part in

shadowing training over two meetings and were queried about their

shadowing experiences using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews.

Shadowing recordings were also documented and analysed from both

meetings. The shadowing was conducted using two contrasting procedures: a

scaffolded instruction method and a more raw and unguided method called

blind shadowing. The results pointed to the need for shadowing to be

scaffolded, as it is a challenging technique that is not always grasped

intuitively. This is particularly true in the beginning stages, where shadowing

can carry a significant cognitive burden. Recommendations for the pedagogy

are prescribed, along with suggestions for materials development.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2015 09:18
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2016 05:52
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/29476

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