THAI LEARNER PROBLEMS: GUIDELINES BASED ON ARTICULATORY PRONUNCIATION

Authors

  • Piyavadee Apichatabutra Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University

Keywords:

การออกเสียง, สรีรสัทศาสตร์, ภาษาอังกฤษ

Abstract

Speaking has always been an important means of human communication. To communicate successfully, it is necessary to use accurate speech sounds. Second language communication requires accurate speech sounds as well because a speaker’s mispronunciation can easily change the messages they are conveying. To improve Thai learners’ English pronunciation, it is therefore necessary to provide them with some background in articulatory phonetics. This will give them basic guidelines in articulation which will help them to better differentiate English problem sounds and thus enable them to improve their English pronunciation. Necessary basic concepts based on articulatory phonetics are as follows: (1) speech organs responsible for producing speech sounds; (2) criteria for producing accurate consonant sounds according to the places of articulation, manners of articulation and voicing; (3) criteria for producing accurate vowel sounds according to the position of the tongue and the lips; (4) the use of suprasegmental phonemes to accompany the consonant and vowel sounds in English; (5) sound assimilation of the English loan words used in Thai. Finally, learning motivation should be enhanced for the second language learners along with their theoretical knowledge of speech sounds.

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