Helping Cantonese ESL Learners Overcome Their Difficulties in the Production and Perception of English Speech Sounds

by Alice Y.W. Chan
Department of English
City University of Hong Kong

Abstract
Cantonese ESL learners’ speech production and speech perception abilities have great impact on their learning of English pronunciation. This article attempts to give a brief summary of documented speech production and perception difficulties encountered by Cantonese ESL learners in Hong Kong and provide some principles which underlie effective pronunciation teaching and learning. It is suggested that observable articulatory features should be highlighted, subtle differences between confusable sound pairs should be focused on, and mother-tongue interference should be tackled. It is also argued that perceptual training is one inevitable component of an L2 pronunciation program going hand in hand with production training.


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3 thoughts on “Helping Cantonese ESL Learners Overcome Their Difficulties in the Production and Perception of English Speech Sounds

  1. Hi Ms Chan, I honestly admire your knowledge and the way you are helping your fellow men to overcome their difficulties in the production and perception of English speech sounds. How I wish also you could have an online teaching in English grammar, English phonetics and phonology, and lexicography, so that we will be able also to learn all these things. =)

  2. Many thanks for the very good ideas. I look forward to reading more on this issue in the future. This website is a wonderful resource and I enjoyed reading this.

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