PHONEMIC TRANSCRIPTION: A PEDAGOGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR ENGLISH LANGAUGE TEACHERS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES

IFY A, OKAFOR

Abstract


English as a second language has the largest number of users. There has been recorded failure in the performances of learners of English as a second language. This can be attributed to poor teaching of the language. Transcription has been a very big problem to the majority of undergraduate English students. This can be as a result of the poor performance of the learners of English as a second language in the pronunciation of English words and the application of stress and intonation in connected speech. It is on this backdrop that this paper shows a way out in the teaching of transcription. The paper also looks at the steps a teacher should take in teaching transcription. Such steps like drilling learners in the sounds of the English language, phonological conditionings of sounds in company, inflectional endings, as well as observing strong and the weak forms which enable them to identify sounds and spelling symbols differences. They are the ways out for transcription teaching. The researcher suggested ways through which these steps can be implemented for positive result. She concluded by saying that for transcription teaching to be positive, the teacher himself will be grounded in transcription. Also the need for Pronounciation Dictionary in teaching transcription cannot be over-emphasized.


 


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