Overcoming a Foreign Accent
But overcoming a foreign accent is possible; here are some ways for students and educators alike to help minimize the incorrect pronunciation and word stress distribution that leads to non-native speech patterns:
1) Participate in language practice groups that meet outside of the classroom and that include expert speakers and native speakers of the target language.
2) Encourage their instructors to focus on pronunciation in the foreign language classroom and to provide constructive, individualized feedback as it relates to correct pronunciation.
3) Supplement their classroom learning by utilizing text-to-speech software and other forms of computer-assisted language learning to aid them in correcting false pronunciation patterns.
1) Provide students with constructive, individualized feedback as it relates to correct pronunciation.
2) Provide student access to as much native-speaker audio material as possible.
3) Encourage target-language conversation among students and participation in language practice groups which meet outside of the classroom and are guided by expert and native speakers.
4) Supplement classroom learning by providing access to computer-assisted language learning programs, which focus on correct pronunciation, intonation, and stress distribution.
By making correct pronunciation a priority, foreign language learners can feel the confidence that comes with learning to speak like a native. And educators can know that they are doing all they can to create well-spoken second language learners.
The most improtant tip is to simply practice speaking in the language as much as possible! Do you have any tips to share?