The foundation of effective
spoken communication is good pronunciation. Each language has its own phonological
structure which contrasts with that of other languages, and which creates
unique problems in the accommodation of English sounds. The end result
of conflicting sound distinctions is often ambiguity and miscommunication
(e.g. "long way" vs. "wrong way"). Although all English teachers
realize the need to improve their students' pronunciation, few are sufficiently
trained in English phonetics, and even fewer in contrastive phonology,
to adequately understand the problems being faced by their students, nor
do textbooks effectively address these problems. This presentation will
take a practical, non-technical approach to the following issues: why specific
English sounds pose problems for speakers of Korean; appropriate preparation
in phonetics for English teachers (both native and non-native speakers);
the design of appropriate teaching materials for Korean students.
Steve Garrigues, who was
born in the US, prefers to think of himself as a world citizen, having
lived most of his life in Asia (including India, Tonga, Japan and Korea).
He studied Japanese history at Jochi University in Tokyo, but later changed
his major, and did both his MA (Colorado State) and PhD (Lucknow, India)
in anthropology. He has 25 years of university teaching experience in anthropology,
Asian studies, linguistics and English, and currently teaches at Kyongbuk
National University in Taegu. His research interests are in comparative
linguists, phonology and intercultural communication. He is President of
the Taegu Chapter of KOTESOL, and the editor of the FAQs column for TEC.