To Say and to Hear: Phonetic Learning Model in English Foreign Language Classroom
Raising students’ awareness of the target language phonology is one of the aims in foreign language teaching.
Different methods are used for this depending on the learner’s age. Courses on phonetics are often used for these purposes at
university level. This paper focuses on the development of pronunciation awareness and how it is affected by phonetics
teaching. Finnish university students of English attended a pronunciation test, and also listed words that they found
problematic to pronounce. This study compares students’ pronunciation with their subjective evaluation of their pronunciation
problems. The evaluations collected before and after a course in English phonetics are compared. According to the results, the
subjects’ evaluations were partly affected by awareness-raising. The results also show a considerable difference in the
evaluation of liquids.
Index Terms- Awareness, English foreign language (EFL), phonetics, pronunciation.