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Acquisition d'une langue étrangère et didactique de la phonétique anglaise en France

Abstract : Numerous studies have shown that French learners of English as a Second Language have difficulties acquiring a good pronunciation of English. Their mastery of English segments and prosody is most of the time fragile, despite an early learning of the language, as in France, pupils start to learn English in CP (by the age of 5). This poor level in oral English is all the more surprising given that the French Ministry of Education made it a priority to emphasize the teaching of spoken English in class as soon as pupils start to learn the language at school. Literature and a survey that we conducted suggest that this poor level could be due to the way English is taught in classes, as it is claimed that the teaching of pronunciation in ESL classes is regularly neglected by teachers, who would lack professional training to be able to teach pronunciation properly. This way, in this thesis, we conducted experimental research, and our objective was to see if it was possible or not to integrate the teaching of English pronunciation in ESL classes in a productive manner, that would be beneficial for both the learners and the teacher. To do so, two classes of seconde from the city of Orléans (France) were selected. One of them received enhanced training in phonetics to improve their pronunciation of English during 10 weeks (1 hour per week), and the other class did not. Three evaluation sessions were organized during the duration of the experiment (a total of 22 weeks), and made it possible to check if the pupils had improved their pronunciation of English during the experiment, and to check the efficacy of the specific training that wa had proposed. Results suggest that the trained pupils managed to improve their pronunciation of English more than those who were not trained.
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Marion Pesty. Acquisition d'une langue étrangère et didactique de la phonétique anglaise en France. Linguistique. Université d'Orléans, 2019. Français. ⟨NNT : 2019ORLE3016⟩. ⟨tel-03114939⟩

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