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Key Issues in the Teaching of Spanish Pronunciation

From Description to Pedagogy, 1st Edition

Edited by Rajiv Rao


356 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Editor

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

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Spanish Language Teaching

The Routledge Advances in Spanish Language Teaching series provides a showcase for the latest research on the teaching and learning of Spanish. It publishes high-quality authored books, research monographs and edited volumes on innovative methods and theories.

The series takes a multiple-perspective approach, with titles focusing on core topics in the areas of applied linguistics, Spanish language and grammar, second language skills, sociolinguistic and cultural aspects of language acquisition and Spanish for academic purposes. Through a discussion of problems, issues and possible solutions, books in the series combine theoretical and practical aspects, which readers can apply in the teaching of the language.

Published in English or in Spanish, titles in the series are intended for postgraduate students, teachers and university lecturers. They are also ideal for foreign language professionals returning to academic study and for curriculum developers interested in updating their knowledge and expertise. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editor.

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