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ATIA Member Webinar – “Lost in Pronunciation” ~ Part 2
February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST$30
Dr. Jennifer A. Foote
‘Lost in Pronunciation’ & The relationship between pronunciation and social intent
In oral communication, the exact same words can have a very different meaning depending on how they are said. When formulating a message in a second language, it is common to consider how grammar and vocabulary choices can impact the tone and intent of a message. However, pronunciation also plays a large role in signifying the way someone interprets another’s words. Certainty, empathy, interest, and several other social meanings are encoded in the rhythm and intonation of our speech. This workshop will offer an overview of the role of pronunciation in changing the meaning and feeling behind words. It will include activities designed to illustrate how delivery can change a message.
Dr. Jennifer A. Foote is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta. She researches second language pronunciation and is especially interested in discovering ways to help learners improve their pronunciation in a manner that will lead to more intelligible speech. As well as publishing research in academic journals and presenting at research-based conferences, she is passionate about connecting research to practice and helping generate knowledge that has practical classroom applications for teachers. Before becoming a professor, Dr. Foote taught English in Japan, South Korea, The Czech Republic, and Canada. She has worked with language learners from a wide range of backgrounds and proficiency levels.