207. Subject: phonological difficulties.  My Spanish students have many difficulties with their phonetics. They use the phonemic system of their native language when they speak English. I would like to do a phonological analysis: find specific examples of pronunciation mistakes that I have observed in my students.   How can you help me to understand the differences between the two languages?   Any particular book you could recommend?

ANSWER

YES!!!! The native language background of any English Language Learner is a very significant factor in the development of English language skills. ALL English Language Learners use the sound system of their native languages as they try to express themselves in English, especially during the initial stages of language acquisition.

There are hundreds of textbooks for college classes in Linguistics that present a "comparative" approach to English and Spanish pronunciation patterns and other grammatical features of both languages. Professors (Donald) Bowen and (Robert) Stockwell, both from UCLA, were among the first "comparative" linguists to explore the similarities and differences between English and Spanish. In many Spanish grammar books --and in many English dictionaries-- you can find detailed information about the sound system of each language.

Many textbooks for college courses in English and/or Spanish Linguistics would help.   You may wish to contact your local college library and see what they offer.

THANK YOU for your interest in providing the best instructional program for ALL your students!!!

 

 


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