García Pérez, Grisel Maria
Dr. Grisel M. García Pérez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. She completed her Ph. D. at Simon Fraser University and has been teaching languages for over thirty years. She is the co-author of the series Building Through Writing and has published a number of articles in the areas of second language acquisition, language teaching, teacher education, and intercultural awareness.2012 0-7734-2584-5
This study investigated the effects of training native speakers of Spanish in the perception and production of English vowels in a regular classroom setting, not a laboratory. Thirty-two adult native Spanish speakers were trained to identify and produce English pairs of vowels /i/-/?/, /u/-/?/, and /?/-/?/ over a three-week training period. The experimental design included a pretest-posttest procedure in order to
compare the subject’s performance before and after training. A significant improvement in the subjects’ performance as an effect of training was revealed on perception, but no significant improvement as an effect of training was seen on
production. This is a very original work which makes an important contribution to the understanding of second language pronunciation. Also, it serves as a guide to instructors on how effective pronunciation can be taught.