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Teaching Spanish Pronunciation: Why, What, When and How

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

Date: April 14, 2023 (Friday)

Time: 3:30 pm

Venue: CRT-4.36

Speaker: Dr. Alfonso Morales-Front, Georgetown University

Abstract It is well known that pronunciation is often considered the Cinderella of L2 skills -it is rarely invited to the L2 classroom or the curriculum- and this is especially true in the case of Spanish pronunciation. In this talk, we will briefly review some of the reasons behind this situation. Once we accept that pronunciation deserves a seat at the table, we will review the basic questions that teachers and program directors need to ask themselves before proceeding to incorporate pronunciation into their Spanish courses. What creates difficulties for the learners? Given that we have limited time and space in the curriculum, what should we teach and when? In the final part of the talk, we will consider how pronunciation can be taught and will review a few examples among the different options available to the instructor.

Speaker Bio Dr. Alfonso Morales is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University, Director of the Spanish Program in Ecuador, and Director of Graduate Studies. He was Chair of the Spanish & Portuguese Department for nine years. His research interests focus on prosodic aspects of Spanish phonology (syllable, stress, and intonation); usage based approaches to the acquisition of L1, L2, and L3/Ln phonetics and phonology; and study abroad.

All are welcome. No registration required.

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