Pró-Fono Revista de Atualização Científica
Print version ISSN 0104-5687
ARAUJO, Letícia Maria Martins; FENIMAN, Mariza Ribeiro; CARVALHO, Fernanda Ribeiro Pinto de and LOPES-HERRERA, Simone Aparecida. English Language Teaching: phonetics, phonology and auditory processing contributions. Pró-Fono R. Atual. Cient. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.3, pp. 183-188. ISSN 0104-5687. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-56872010000300005.
BACKGROUND: interrelation of phonetics, phonology and auditory processing in English Language Teaching. AIM: to determine whether prior contact with English phonetics favors general learning of this language (L2), i.e. second language, in Portuguese speakers; to verify performance of these individuals in an auditory processing test prior to and after being taught L2. METHOD: participants of the study were eight college students who had only studied English in high school. These participants were divided into two groups: control group - were only enrolled in English classes; experimental group - were enrolled in English phonetic classes prior to their enrollment in English classes. Participants were submitted to an auditory processing test and to an oral test in English (Oral Test) prior to and after the classes. Data were analyzed in the same way, i.e. prior to and after the classes. RESULTS: these were expressed statistically by T-Student's test. Analyses indicated no difference in performance between groups. Scores indicated better performance of the control group for answering questions in English in the Oral Test. The experimental group had better performance in the auditory processing test after being enrolled to English phonetic classes and English course. CONCLUSION: prior basic knowledge of English did not enhance general learning (improvement in pronunciation) of the second language, however, it improved the ability of temporal processing in the used test.
Keywords : Language; Phonetics; Auditory perception.