Teaching sentential intonation through Proverbs

Yurtbasi M.

4th World Conference on Educational Sciences (WCES), Barcelona, Spain, 2 - 05 February 2012, vol.46, pp.4323-4327 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 46
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.248
  • City: Barcelona
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.4323-4327


Suprasegmental elements such as stress, pitch, juncture and linkers are language universals that are uttered naturally in the mother tongue without prior training but need to be learned systematically in the target language. Among other techniques of sentential pronunciation teaching to second language (L2) students, exercises with proverbs in the target language can be utilized effectively to acquire natural rhythm and articulation. By addressing a natural interest in traditional wisdom and common sense, proverbs in the target language benefit students with their grammatical and lexical importance and can be used to produce acceptable pronunciation and intonation in the new language. Going that one step further from word stress to sentential intonation by working on broad transcriptions, pronunciation teachers may produce a crystal pronunciation contributing to better communication. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu