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Native English: ESL learners’ perceptions of female speakers’ accents

Pilus, Zahariah and Zakaria, Nur Shahida and Zakaria, Muhamad Khairul (2016) Native English: ESL learners’ perceptions of female speakers’ accents. In: 2nd International Conference on the Institutional Leadership, Learning and Teaching (ILLT), 19th-20th Sept. 2016, Cambridge, United Kingdom. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper presents some preliminary findings of a study which investigates undergraduate ESL learners’ perceptions of British, American, Australian and New Zealand English accents. The participants were 66 Malaysian undergraduates from a public university in Malaysia. They were presented with speech samples of four female native speakers reading a short passage. The students were asked to rate the speakers for a number of items including the ease of understanding, sounding comfortable to the ears, being an ideal English teacher and being a speaker they would want to sound like. The learners were also asked to state the nationalities of the speakers. In general, the study found that the speakers whose accents were familiar to the learners were rated higher in terms of the items examined. The study also found that the speakers whose accents were familiar to the learners were better identified for their nationalities than those whose accents were less familiar to them. Pedagogical implications of these findings on English language teaching and learning in Malaysia are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 680/52121
Uncontrolled Keywords: Native English accents, ESL learners, Accent perception
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr Zahariah Pilus
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2016 10:13
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2016 10:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52121

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