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Visiting Speaker - Dr. Ron Thomson - Brock U

Friday, May 31, 2019
9:30 am - 10:30 am
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 2038

Universal and Individual Variables Influencing the Development of Second Language Pronunciation

Often, second language (L2) pronunciation instruction (PI) takes a one-size fits all approach, without sufficient attention to group and individual differences.  In this talk, I highlight the role of universal, contextual, and individual factors in predicting L2 pronunciation learning outcomes. For example, underlying cognitive constraints may preclude adult acquisition of nativelike pronunciation, while context of learning may motivate some learners to strive for this unattainable goal. Further, the extent to which individuals are able to approximate an L2 accent often depends on individual aptitude, which may not, itself, be recognized without appropriate instruction or training.  After discussing the efficacy of traditional classroom-based PI, Computer assisted pronunciation training will be presented as an emerging technology that allows for greater learner control over their own L2 pronunciation development, in ways that are individually and contextually appropriate.

Speaker Biography
Dr. Thomson completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Alberta in 2007. He also holds a BA in Political Science (University of Calgary, 1995) and an MEd in TESL (University of Alberta, 2001). Professor Thomson’s substantial cross-cultural experience significantly informs his worldview, and his sense of humour. After spending his formative years among the Siksiká (Southern Alberta), and Muhajirs and Punjabis (Pakistan), he went on to study in India, to volunteer in the Dominican Republic, and to teach English in Korea, Oman, and Canada.

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