International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Promoting Pre-service Language Teachers’ Intelligibility in English: Focus on Acquisition of Lexical Stress Patterns
Recep Şahin ARSLAN

The present study aims to investigate Turkish pre-service English language teachers’ competence in using lexical stress patterns as part of intelligible pronunciation in English prior to their professional lives. The participants of the study were fifty senior pre-service students, nine of whom received special training on stress patterns in English.The study is of descriptive nature with a self-perception questionnaire distributed to fifty pre-service teachers and of quasi-experimental nature with the treatment of nine pre-service teachers about stress patterns in words in English for a period of four weeks. The results of the study reveal that pre-service English language teachers lacked substantial knowledge as to the placement of lexical stress in English and needed remedial training.The experimental study with a group of nine pre-service teachers of English showed that Turkish prospective teachers of English attained a high level of competency in stress placement in words having been provided with ample practice.

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