English Pronunciation Practices: From Tongue Twisters to YouTube Channel
Pronunciation plays an important role to create effective communication since incorrect pronunciation may lead to misunderstanding. The EFL teachers should be aware of this issue by identifying the appropriate methods for teaching pronunciation to EFL students, with expectations; students may correctly pronounce the English words that support comprehensible communication. This research aims at describing the tongue twisters method for practicing English pronunciation as well as the YouTube channel for sharing their pronunciation practices.
This research employed an observation sheet and pronunciation task through students’ tongue twisters video uploaded on the YouTube channel as the instruments. The observation sheet was applied to find out students’ activities of tongue twisters practice in five meetings and their difficulties during the practice. Meanwhile, students’ uploaded tongue twisters video on the YouTube channel was analyzed to get the result of their tongue twisters practice.
The students were given 26 tongue twisters consisting of 24 English consonant sounds to pronounce four times for each of them. The result showed that tongue twisters for sounds /p/, /f/, /v/, /ð/, and /z/ were difficult enough for them due to the interference of their mother tongue that commonly missed on these sounds. Besides that, the highest percentage of students who got a score of 60-69 on their YouTube channel video indicates that they still need more practice.
Having tongue twisters’ practice and uploading the practice video on YouTube channel create learning experiences for students. They need to allocate more time practicing the English pronunciation better intensively. Therefore, the teachers should create maximal lesson planning and preparation to make sure that each student gets the same opportunity to practice it.
Keywords : classroom practice, Youtube channel, methods, English pronunciation
- Alhamimi, M. (2013). Observation of Youtube language learning videos (Youtube LLVS). Teaching English with Technology, 13(3), 3–17.
- Almeida, E., Castillo, D., & Parra, S. (2018). Developing awareness of unknown sounds to improve merging and substitution pronunciation mistakes. Desarrollo de la conciencia de los sonidos desconocidos para mejorar la fusión y la sustitución Errores de pronunciación. Innova Research Journal, 3(4), 44–56.
- Arimilli, M., Kanuri, A. K., & Kokkirigadda, W. K. (2016). Innovative methods in teaching pronunciation. International Journal of Science Technology and Management, 5(8), 108–112.
- Ayodele O, A., and Ogunbanwo, A. (2019). Perceived influence of the use of Youtube on the performance of undergraduates in Phonetics and Phonology in Babcock. IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 24(6), 64–69. https://doi.org/10.9790/0837-2406046469
- Bøhn, H., & Hansen, T. (2017). Assessing Pronunciation in an EFL Context: Teachers’ Orientations towards Nativeness and Intelligibility. Language Assessment Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2016.1256407
- Buss, L. (2016). Beliefs and practices of Brazilian EFL teachers regarding pronunciation. Language Teaching Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362168815574145
- Chein, C. (2019). From language learners to language teachers : Construction and implementation of pedagogical competence in pronunciation instruction factors in teachers ’ designs and delivery of pronunciation instruction knowledge base of pronunciation instruction training. International Journal for the ScholarShip of Teaching and Learning, 13(1), 1–9.
- Ghasemi, B., Hashemi, M., & Bardine, S. (2011). UTube and language learning. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 28, 63–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2011.11.013
- Gilakjani, A. P., Sheikhy, R., Montashery, I., & Alizadeh, M. (2019). A mixed-method study of teachers’ attitudes towards computer pronunciation software in teaching English pronunciation. International Journal of Instruction. https://doi.org/10.29333/iji.2019.12153a
- Hapip, A. (2008). Kamus Banjar Indonesia. Banjarmasin: CV. Rahmat Hafiz Mubaraq.
- Hassan, E. M. I. (2014). Pronunciation problems: A case study of English language students at Sudan University of Science and Technology. English Language and Literature Studies, 4(4), 31–44. https://doi.org/10.5539/ells.v4n4p31
- Masrai, A. (2020). Can L2 Phonological Vocabulary Knowledge and Listening Comprehension be Developed Through Extensive Movie Viewing? the Case of Arab EFL Learners. International Journal of Listening. https://doi.org/10.1080/10904018.2019.1582346
- Moedjito. (2018). Improving EFL learners ’ pronunciation of English through Quiz-Demonstration-Practice-Revision ( QDPR ). English Language Teaching, 11(1), 10–20. https://doi.org/10.5539/elt.v11n1p10
- Nagai, K. (2011). Effect of repetition in pronunciation practice. Cognitive Studies, 18(2), 320–328.
- Pourhosein Gilakjani, A., & Rahimy, R. (2020). Using computer-assisted pronunciation teaching (CAPT) in English pronunciation instruction: A study on the impact and the Teacher’s role. Education and Information Technologies. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-019-10009-1
- Prosic-Santovac, D. (2009). The use of tongue twisters in EFL teaching.
- Senowarsito, & Ardini, S. N. (2019). Phonological fossilisation of EFL learners: The interference of phonological and orthographic system of L1 Javanese. 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature. https://doi.org/10.17576/3L-2019-2502-06
- Thyab, R. A. (2016). Mother-tongue interference in the acquisition of English articles by L1 Arabic students. Journal of Education and Practice, 7(3), 1–4.
- Tsunemoto, A., & McDonough, K. (2020). Exploring Japanese EFL Learners’ Attitudes Toward English Pronunciation and its Relationship to Perceived Accentedness. Language and Speech. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830919900372
- Yeo, M. M. . (2014). Social media and social networking applications for teaching and learning. European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2(1), 53–62.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.