Helping Turkish EFL Learners with the Pronunciation of Four General British Vowels

  • Serkan Şen Başkent University
Keywords: English pronunciation, vowel system, orthography, Turkish, General British vowels

Abstract

The paper presents a contrastive analysis of Turkish and English with respect to their vowel systems and orthography. The author then focuses on effective ways to teach four General British (GB) vowels, /i:/, /ɪ/, /ʊ/, and /u:/, to twenty Turkish university students of English as a Foreign Language. The paper presents a practical approach to teaching the perception and production of the four vowels through a set of classroom activities. As practice shows, Turkish students experience difficulties in the recognition and pronunciation of the observed vowels, which can be mitigated using the described activities.

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Published
2019-06-30
How to Cite
Şen, S. (2019). Helping Turkish EFL Learners with the Pronunciation of Four General British Vowels. ELOPE: English Language Overseas Perspectives and Enquiries, 16(1), 145-157. https://doi.org/10.4312/elope.16.1.145-157