Changing paradigms in teaching English pronunciation: A historical overview

2017 IJRSLL – Volume 6 Issue 2


Afshari, Sajad*
University of Isfahan, Iran (

Ketabi, Saeed
University of Isfahan, Iran (


The role of pronunciation has varied widely in different methods and approaches of language teaching. In Grammar Translation Method (GTM) and the cognitive learning it received virtually no role. In Audio Lingual Method (ALM), on the other hand, it had a pivotal role. In communication-oriented approaches and within the broad context of EFL/ESL teaching in which successful communication is emphasized, it has been argued that pronunciation pedagogy deserves neither fate. This paper provides a historical overview of pronunciation teaching from GTM to communicative language teaching (CLT) highlighting the fact that until CLT, pronunciation pedagogy witnessed some drastic fluctuations; nevertheless, from then on, most of the researchers and practitioners in the field have come to the conclusion that the most reasonable and logical goal for pronunciation pedagogy should be intelligibility and functional communicability rather than nativeness.

Keywords: pronunciation pedagogy; historical overview; intelligibility; nativeness



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