Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Intonation and Language Teaching

Virginia LoCastro

International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan

This paper argues that more attention be given to the teaching of prosodic features, in particular to intonation and stress patterns beyond the sentence level. There are two reasons. First, prosodic features are related to the presentation of information in spoken English language texts. Second, the ethnic stereotyping of Japanese speakers as "emotionless" and lifeless" may result from their L2 intonation and stress patterns. An analysis of materials used in language classrooms in Japan indicates that the attention in pronunciation is focused on the teaching of segmentals. It will be argued that a syllabus of awareness-raising listening tasks preceding a production phase is necessary for the teaching of prosodic features.

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Bibliographic reference.  LoCastro, Virginia (1994): "Intonation and language teaching", In ICSLP-1994, 1215-1218.