First things first: exploring Spanish students' attitudes towards learning pronunciation in Australia

Steed, William, and Cantero, Manuel Delicado (2018) First things first: exploring Spanish students' attitudes towards learning pronunciation in Australia. Language Learning Journal, 46 (2). pp. 103-113.

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Abstract

The number of Spanish students in Australia is increasing. This growth coincides with a period of revival in the teaching and learning of pronunciation in the foreign language classroom. However, unlike their peers in the UK and especially in the US, no specific materials are available for Australian students. In order to assist them, the first essential step must be examining their attitudes and beliefs, which is necessary to recognise the ways in which they conceive of learning pronunciation and thus shape further work, as the literature has long established. Therefore, we analyse here the results of an anonymous survey distributed among Australian university students of Spanish. The results show positive attitudes and loci of control towards the subject but also reveal the need for strengthening awareness and a number of tensions where action is still needed in order to ensure adequate pedagogical procedure for pronunciation success.

Item ID: 54427
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1753-2167
Keywords: pronunciation, attitudes, Spanish, Australia, students
Copyright Information: © 2014 Association for Language Learning.
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 07:45
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics @ 50%
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