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Just Listen

Perceiving a difference in sounds that do not exist in an L1 is a prerequisite for good pronunciation, good listening, and effective phonics in an L2.


Japanese speakers inability to understand or produce English words may be rooted in the inability to discriminate sounds perceptually.


Repeated listening to the sounds in contrast is an effective method to help learners discriminate the sounds and consequently help them produce the sounds. Listening to more than one voice has been proven to be beneficial.


Just listening, it could not be simpler.


The importance of listening is brought out in an article published in Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. Following a thorough discussion of the relationship between speaking and listening, the author concludes that we should heed the words of Steven Krashen and give input emphasis. The focus on communication has drawn us away from understanding the need for what Krashen called “the silent period.” It is an interesting read.


What to listen to? b4 on Youtube!


Article mentioned:

Interations between speech percetion and production during learning of novel phonemic categories.

Melissa Michaud Baese-Berk

Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. April 2019

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