Language and Speech Laboratory

Imitating English oral texts: A useful tool to learn English Pronunciation?

Amparo Lázaro Ibarrola.

Porta Linguarum      volume:16:49-63.

This is a report on a specific methodological intervention to improve the pronunciation of 15 Spanish students of English. For 14 weeks, the students were trained in the imitation of English recordings (from films and TV series). One initial (at week 1) and one final (at week 14) imitation, as well as a free speech delivered by every student (at week 14), were analysed. The results indicate that the students slightly improved their pronunciation when imitating but were unable to transfer the gains to their free speech. Students’ impressions were also investigated. All students found the activity helpful and motivating.