An Investigation of Mandarin Chinese Speakers’ Pronunciation of English Initial Consonant Clusters
One individual research report on a topic of: Pronunciation comparison of Hong Kong accent English and China accent English: based on Hong Kong International kindergarten students
This paper is to analyze the segmental phonological features of recorded speech.
Approximately 3000 words
Structure of the research paper:
- Word list reading.
- Sentence list reading.
- Appendix A: Word List (two-member onsets)
- Appendix B: Sentence List
- Appendix C
- Appendix D
- Appendix E
Points to note
- individual sound(s) (e.g. /n/ vs /l/ ) or initial consonant cluster (e.g. /pl/)
- primary stress (e.g. OBJect vs obJECT)
- rising / falling tone for items in a list pausing to convey meaning
- explain the phonological features with knowledge and professional language (e.g. phonology-related terminologies for the segmental features
- IPA transcriptions to show the proper pronunciation and the problems, etc.).
Strategies / activities: be specific
(e.g. a task sheet.), avoid being general or, related to the phonological features identified
Clear description of the strategies
clearly state the procedure of the activity/task (can be in bullet points) / attach task sheets, etc.
justify the choice of the proposed strategies
how can the strategy / activity help the learner learn & practise the target feature
- of task(s) ?? quality > quantity
- indicate the number of words used at the end of the assignment, excluding the references and appendices.
- uses the American Psychological Association (APA) citation system.
2016 Suggested Readings:
- McDowell, H. J.,& Lorch, M. P.(2008). Phonemic Awareness in Chinese L1 Readers of English: Not Simply an Effect of Orthography. TESOL Quarterly, 42(3), 495-513.
- Deterding, D, Wong, J., and Kirkpatrick, A (2008). The Pronunciation of Hong Kong English. English World-wide 29 (2): 148-175
- Oladipupo, R. O. (2015). A comparative study of connected speech features in Nigerian English & Received Pronunciation. English Today, 31, 21-29.
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- Wang, M. J., & Chen, H-C. (2009). Pedagogical practice and students’ perceived effectiveness of web-based automated speech evaluation. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 6(4), 217-243.
- Saito, K. (2011). Examining the role of explicit phonetic instruction in native-like and comprehensible pronunciation development: an instructed SLA approach to phonology. Language Awareness, 20(1), 45–59.