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Title:Exploring ESL learner accent preferences: a longitudinal study
Author(s):Veitch, Hillary Rose
Advisor(s):Franks, Suzanne; Kang, Hyun-Sook
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):English language teaching
learner preferences
learner perceptions
English as a lingua franca
native speaker norms
Abstract:This longitudinal study explored English as a Second Language (ESL) learners’ perceptions of different English accents, as well as their preferences and perceptions of their own L2 English accents. Using data collected via in-depth interviews with four undergraduate ESL students about their L2 communication experiences, the data reveals that participants’ accent preferences and perceptions of different English accents are highly complex and dynamic. In terms of perceptions of different English accents, participants demonstrated noticing of different English accents and noticing of how English accents play a role in English as a lingua franca communication. Furthermore, participants’ concerns about achieving target-like pronunciation versus intelligibility as a model in L2 communication were found to be among the main pragmatic considerations in their own L2 accent preferences. The findings demonstrate how ESL learners’ noticing of different English accents and of their own L2 accent preferences could have important implications for pronunciation instruction in ELT.
Issue Date:2020-04-23
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Hillary Veitch
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-08-26
Date Deposited:2020-05

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