Performing English: Adapting actor voice training techniques for TESOL to improve pronunciation intelligibility

If, as performance theory proposes, human communication, especially speech, is essentially performative, then fundamental connections between performance education and TESOL – beyond the common communicative paradigm - become imaginable. One such connection, linking speech and pronunciation in TESOL with intercultural performance and, in turn, with the rich tradition of actor voice training techniques, is developed in this article. A practical classroom application of this connection is then provided, in the form of a set of specific teaching strategies adapted from actor training techniques and developed and tested in an ongoing classroom research project over several years, to help learners improve their pronunciation intelligibility at a segmental level.

Publication Source Information
Author/s: 
Peter Copeman
Year of publication: 
2012
Title of Journal, Edited book or Conference and Page numbers: 
English Australia Journal
ISSN/ISBN: 
ISSN 2202-6169
URL or DOI: 
http://eajournal.rvrapid.com/?iguid=1e666141-e044-4d2c-b917-22eeb67cc49b&startpage=60&rnd=0.8729307258035988#folio=26
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Email: 
peter.copeman@canberra.edu.au
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