Deciphering Everyday Speech

  • Wayne B. Dickerson (University of Illinois)


Language learners’ frustration when first trying to understand native speakers’ casual speech is so common that many consider it an expected part of language acquisition. However, research suggests that encounters with everyday speech need not be so discouraging if ESL/EFL pronunciation instructors would prepare learners for the experience. This paper argues that listening instruction would be more effective if instructors began with a more accurate conception of what spontaneous speech is really like and the nature of the rules that describe it.

How to Cite:

Dickerson, W. B., (2019) “Deciphering Everyday Speech”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 11(1).

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Published on
31 Dec 2019