Bettering pronunciation through reading aloud and peer appraisal

Authors

  • Gloria Tost Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Abstract

Peer appraisal during repeated English reading aloud is a procedure for improving students’ English language for reading clarity and pronunciation. The current study evaluates the feasibility and impact of partners reading out loud to each other to improve English pronunciation, fluency and expression with three adult students of level 1 of English in the Official School of Languages located in a town near Barcelona. This study used recorded materials during the interactions, the transcript of the reading of three students and students’ observations to evaluate and reflect upon the impact of peer appraisal among participants. Results indicated that peer-mediated repeated oral reading interventions carried out by students’ cooperation was effective in assisting students to begin to improve their levels of reading pronunciation and fluency.The findings herewith analysed should be the base for further research on the effects of meditated oral reading to better English speaking and reading.

Keywords

peer appraisal, cooperation, pronunciation

Author Biography

Gloria Tost, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Gloria Tost graduated from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in June 2012 with a master’s degree in teaching in secondary schools, vocational training centres and language schools in the speciality of English. She also holds a degree in English literature from the same university, following on her emerging interest in English poetry and the English Language which began during secondary education at St. Dominic’s College (Dublin, Ireland). She has taught elementary and intermediate English in the official School of Language, to adults and also taken part in teaching primary and secondary continued education. She presently teaches English in Les Dominiques de l’Ensenyament (Barcelona, Spain) to students between the ages of 14 and 18. Her research interests centre in the analysis of better English acquisition through literature, using narrative to optimise better oral production of English.

Published

09-02-2013

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