Language Classroom Content & Pedagogy General Practice-Oriented Short Workshop
Acclimating Japanese Learners of English to Some Asian English Accents
Recently, Japanese speakers of English have increasingly more chances to communicate with Asian people in English. Research shows that when listeners become familiarized with certain accents with explicit instruction on the pronunciation characteristics, they comprehend the accented English better and are more willing to communicate. This presentation will demonstrate how teachers can use a Web-based material jointly developed by two universities to acclimate students to the pronunciation characteristics of Singaporean, Indian, Philippine, and Malaysian English.