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John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL?

John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL? | TELT | Scoop.it
Wells quotes Francis Nolan on priorities for learners:

…I will suggest that what learners need is a strategy which will optimise the pedagogical cost-benefit ratio in terms of (in order of priority) intelligibility, the avoidance of inadvertent offence, and (lowest in priority) the mastery of intonational nuances. Broadly corresponding to these three goals would be three prioritised learning targets: the mastery of accentuation (involving stress placement, rhythm, and pitch prominence achieved by a reduced inventory of pitch accents); the eradication of any L1-influenced phonetic realisations of pitch accents which might convey unintended meaning in English; and (lowest in priority) the acquisition of a more complete set of intonational pitch contrasts.
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Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé ? Des questions stéréotypées chez les apprenants du français

Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé ? Des questions stéréotypées chez les apprenants du français | TELT | Scoop.it
Despite a good command of the grammar and the pronunciation of one’s second language, a non-native speaker often remains identifiable by his way of formulating his utterances, which do not necessarily correspond to those formulations found to be natural by native speakers of his new language. Difficulties associated with what Bardovi-Harlig (2009) called conventional expressions are most particularly found in the area of pragmatics, and these difficulties have attracted more and more interest from researchers in second language acquisition. The current article contributes to this research trend with an examination of a corpus constiting of responses to a discourse completion task completed by native speakers of French and Anglophone learners of French, with the goal of identifying those linguistic sequences preferred by the two groups in their realization of the speech act of questionning. The results reveal important differences between the natives’ and nonnatives’ use of linguistic stereotypes in formulating questions. In particular, the nonnatives tend to establish a one-to-one association between a linguistic string and a type of question.
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Prononcer les langues : appel à contribution

Prononcer les langues : appel à contribution | TELT | Scoop.it
Le numéro est à paraître en mai 2019. Les résumés (3 pages) sont à envoyer avant le 1er avril 2018 aux adresses suivantes : gregory.miras@univ-rouen.fr ; laurence.vignes@univ-rouen.fr
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Language teachers’ perceptions on the use of OER language processing technologies in MALL

(2018). Language teachers’ perceptions on the use of OER language processing technologies in MALL. Computer Assisted Language Learning. Ahead of Print.
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Survey by Perez Paredes and colleagues suggests  FL teachers in UK and Spain support technology mediated learning in theory more than in practice, particularly with respect to mobile devices and more sophisticated corpus tools
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