Using 'A shadowing' technique' to improve english pronunciation deficient adult Japanese learners : An action research on expatriate japanese adult learners

Hamzah Md Omar, Major and Miko, Umehara (2010) Using 'A shadowing' technique' to improve english pronunciation deficient adult Japanese learners : An action research on expatriate japanese adult learners. Journal of Asia TEFL, 7 (2). pp. 199-230. ISSN 1738-3102

[img]
Preview
PDF
202Kb

Abstract

This action research aims to solve pressing day-to-day problems in communication faced by four expatriate Japanese adult learners who are residing in Sabah, Malaysia after retirement. The Japanese language sound system is different from that of the English Language. As such some of its prosodic features such as stress, intonation and rhythm interfere with Japanese learners' pronunciation of English connected speech. We embark on improving one of these factors, i.e. English rhythms, after conducting our initial action research. The intervention dealt with in this study is a shadowing technique which was originally developed as a training technique for simultaneous interpreting. It is embedded in an information-processing model propagated by McLaughlin (1978) who viewed second language learning as two performance behaviors i.e. controlled process, or automatic process. Four adult Japanese learners of English participated as the respondents in this study. Data was collected through learners' reflective journals, tape recordings of shadowing, and observation. Five action core research cycles were implemented until the learners achieved their goal. The finding shows recognizable improvement of the participants in their pronunciation namely English rhythms. This is to a large extent attributed to the effectiveness of 'shadowing' technique used under close scrutiny using action research that created phonological awareness among the Japanese adult learners in this study.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Action research, Cycles and sound system, English rhythms, Pronunciation, Shadowing
Subjects:?? PL501-889 ??
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions:SCHOOL > School of Education and Social Development
ID Code:1958
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:02 Mar 2011 17:29
Last Modified:24 Feb 2015 10:03

Repository Staff Only: item control page


Browse Repository
Collection
   Articles
   Book
   Speeches
   Thesis
   UMS News
Search
Quick Search

   Latest Repository

Link to other Malaysia University Institutional Repository

Malaysia University Institutional Repository