An Empirical Study on Correlation Between English Pronunciation and Listening

JING GAO

Abstract


In years of English learning and teaching, the author has been impressed by the facts that English learners who pronounce accurately usually listen better. An English learner with American pronunciation may find materials read with British pronunciation more difficult to comprehend compared with materials read with American pronunciation. A hypothesis is proposed therefore that there is correlation between pronunciation and listening of English learners and phonetic trainings to English learners help to enhance their listening. On the basis of sound discrimination theory and “Calling Out of the Sense of Sound” concept, the present research aims to find the answer by adopting the methodology of empirical study and data analysis. An experiment was conducted to college English learners. The results supported the hypothesis, which suggested that there is positive correlation between pronunciation and listening of English learners and phonetic knowledge and trainings help to improve their listening.

Keywords


Sound Discrimination, The Concept of “Calling Out the Sense of Sound”, Correlation


DOI
10.12783/dtssehs/icssd2017/19192

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