Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2006

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

This study examines the effect of pronunciation instruction and motivation in the acquisition of second language pronunciation in EFL students in El Salvador. Eighteen participants were given a pronunciation pre-test and a post-test. They received 20 minutes of pronunciation training each day for fifteen days. The training focused on the pronunciation of two different English sounds, /[O with line through the middle]/ and /-ed/ endings for the past of the regular verbs. The participants also completed a self-report motivation questionnaire containing nine different variables. Three different statistical analyses were used to analyze the data collected: paired t-tests, Cronbach's Alpha coefficient of reliability, and multiple regression analysis. Two native speakers of English scored the pre-test and post-test. The results showed a significant improvement of the participants' pronunciation of the target features. However, no correlation was found between the participants improvement in pronunciation and the variables included in the motivation questionnaire.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6765

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Cristian Enrique Meléndez

Language

en

OCLC Number

(OCoLC)78902851

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

58 pages

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