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English phonology in a globalized world: Challenging native speakerism through listener training in universities in Sweden and the US
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1058-7637
Georgia State University.
Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0884-6110
2022 (English)In: Ranam, ISSN 0557-6989, Vol. 55, p. 136-153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

English phonetics and phonology often focus on improving learners’ pronunciation. However, phonological processing is ‘a two-way street’ involving both speaker and listener. Thus, pronunciation instruction in this globalized time needs to be complemented with ways to help listeners understand a wide range of accents, thereby challenging the native speakerism and standard language ideology of more traditional English teaching. In this paper, we share our experiences of promoting listener abilities in university courses in Sweden and the US, two very different teaching contexts. In Sweden, Jeong takes a truly phonetic approach, starting from students’ own pronunciations rather than a ‘standard’ model, and focuses on ability to comprehend diverse accents. In the US, Lindemann uses native-speaking students’ complaints about supposedly incomprehensible instructors, not as justification for further training of instructors who are already proficient English users, but as an opportunity to offer listener training to the students. Put together, these experiences provide a basis for Forsberg's reflection on the teaching of L2 phonetics and pronunciation in other languages such as Swedish, and the benefits of shifting some of the focus from speaker to listener in order to begin to overcome native speakerism and standard language ideology.

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Strasbourg, 2022. Vol. 55, p. 136-153
Keywords [en]
English phonology, challenging native speakerism, listener training, university students in Sweden and the US
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Specific Languages
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19029DiVA, id: diva2:1685034
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