Teaching Pronunciation in Japan Accents are one of several important elements that contribute to the intelligibility of speech.
Students who have never been abroad however, have often only encountered spoken English within their classroom learning environment and therefore their pronunciation is marked by a distinctive Japanese accent.
Being self-conscious of one’s accent can make a student reluctant to speak, especially in the presence of native English speakers.
In this issue of Grassroots Outreach, Robert Smith suggests that pronunciation needs more attention in English language classrooms in Japan.
Shyness to speak can be exacerbated if one’s foreign accent interferes with the speaking of the target language.