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Title: Developing the intonation ability of Vietnamese students of English
Author: Anh, Ngo Phuong
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2013
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This study investigates and evaluates the effects of intonation training embedded with language learning strategies (LLS) among Vietnamese learners of English. To achieve this, the study examined learners' perception and production of tonicity (focus placement) and three tones - falling, rising and falling-rising, their reported difficulties in learning intonation, the effects of the training upon them, and their use and reflections on LLS. 52 second-year English major students at Hanoi University of Science and Technology were recruited. Participants were split into three groups: the pilot group (GI), the experimental group (G2) and the control group (G3). The research was implemented in an intonation training course of ten I 50-minute classes, each class consisting of group discussion and intonation training. Quantitative data. were collected from G2 and G3 on their ability to perceive and produce intonation focus and tonal differences in English using intonation pretests and post-tests. Participants' diary reports, supplemented by the researcher's journal/field-notes, group discussions and semi-structured interviews, were also collected as qualitative data. The quantitative results reveal a statistically significant difference in performance between G2 and G3 in perception and production of tonicity and tone. G2 performed better in perception than production and better in tonicity than in tone, and performance improved significantly over the period of training, while G3's improvement was negligible. Qualitative data reveals the difficulties encountered by the participants during the training (such as producing the falling-rising tone and access to resources outside of class), their positive feedback on the training using LLS, and their interest in intonation learning strategies. The results of the study are discussed in terms of its contribution to research in this area and to the teaching and learning of English intonation in the Vietnamese context.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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