1st Edition

Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation From Description to Pedagogy

Edited By Rajiv Rao Copyright 2019
    374 Pages
    by Routledge

    374 Pages
    by Routledge

    Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation: From Description to Pedagogy is a resource that encourages Spanish teachers and curriculum designers to increase their incorporation of pronunciation into the classroom. Combining theory and practical guidance, it will help language practitioners integrate the teaching of Spanish pronunciation with confidence and effectiveness. The international group of scholars across its 15 chapters is made up of individuals with well-established research records and training in best pedagogical practices.

    Key features:

    • A range of topics including vowels, various classes of consonants, prosody, the use of technology, the role of orthography, the importance of both perception and production, individual learner differences, and teacher training;
    • Overviews of descriptive, empirical, and acquisition-based research associated with each aspect of the Spanish sound system;
    • Guidance on the difficulties that teachers face when incorporating the teaching of pronunciation into the classroom;
    • Clear explanations of concepts, accompanied by an abundance of concrete examples and references;
    • Multiple sample activities and lesson plans tailored to different levels and backgrounds of students;
    • A bilingual glossary of terms to help the content reach the widest audience possible.

    Written in a clear and accessible manner, Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation is an essential resource for teachers of Spanish at all levels. It is also an excellent reference book for researchers and both undergraduate and graduate university students interested in Spanish phonetics and language acquisition.


    Rajiv Rao

    Part I

    The Sound System of Spanish

    1 Description of Spanish Vowels and Guidelines for Teaching Them

    Eugenio Martínez Celdrán and Wendy Elvira-García

    2 Pronunciation in the L2 Spanish Classroom: The Voiceless Stops /p, t, k/

    Mary L. Zampini

    3 Suggestions for Teaching Spanish Voiced Stops /b, d, ɡ/ and Their Lenited Allophones [β̞, ð̞, ɣ̞]

    Manuela González-Bueno

    4 A Theoretical Framework in the Acquisition and Teaching of Fricatives to L2 Learners of Spanish

    A. Raymond Elliott

    5 Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Liquid Consonants

    Benjamin Schmeiser

    6 The Polymorphism of Spanish Nasal Stops

    Carlos-Eduardo Piñeros

    7 Incorporating Syllable Structure into the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation

    Sonia Colina

    8 Improving Non-Native Pronunciation: Teaching Prosody to Learners of Spanish as a Second/Foreign Language

    Carme de-la-Mota

    Part II

    Pedagogical Challenges and Suggestions for the Classroom

    9 Spanish Pronunciation and Teaching Dialectal Variation

    Germán Zárate-Sández

    10 Incorporating Technology into the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation

    Gillian Lord

    11 Navigating Orthographic Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation

    Yasaman Rafat and Scott James Perry

    12 The Role of Perception in Learning Spanish Pronunciation

    C. Elizabeth Goodin-Mayeda

    13 An Analytical Approach to Teaching Spanish Pronunciation to Native Speakers of German: First Language and Age of First Exposure as Crucial Factors

    Conxita Lleó and Marta Ulloa

    14 Teaching Pronunciation to Spanish Heritage Speakers

    Amanda Boomershine and Rebecca Ronquest

    15 Spanish Pronunciation and Teacher Training: Challenges and Suggestions

    Manuel Delicado Cantero, William Steed, and Alfredo Herrero de Haro



    Rajiv Rao is Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    "The fifteen individual chapters in Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation: From Description to Pedagogy do an outstanding job of linking theoretical insights on phonology with practical advice. The ultimate aim of the volume is to help Spanish teachers turn this knowledge into robust pronunciation habits among their students. Cogently structured, the chapters excel at placing major issues in L2 Spanish pronunciation into proper focus: typical difficulties with the articulation of Spanish vowels, nasals, syllabification, prosody, and so forth are thus examined in detail, and with terminological jargon that readers can readily follow. Written by experts in the field who are intimately familiar with the pedagogical challenges that Spanish teachers routinely confront, this up-to-date book also includes well-suited exercises for use in or outside of the classroom. Spanish instructors intent on teaching their students outstanding pronunciation skills will find this a most worthwhile and practical read!"

    Armin Schwegler, University of California, Irvine, USA


    "Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation is unquestionably a welcome collection of carefully written and exemplified practical chapters about the Spanish sound system and the challenges posed by its instruction and acquisition. The volume belongs in the library of theoretical and applied Hispanic linguists alike. The relevance and wide range of topics covered in its fifteen contributions, as well as the wealth of descriptive and experimental data it compiles, will render it a go-to resource for students and teachers from lower to advanced levels."

    Andre Zampaulo, Hispania, Volume 103, June 2020