Author First name, Last name, Institution

Wafa Shahada Zoghbor

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

English Language Teaching

Publication Date

1-5-2016

Abstract

Teachers' understanding of the process of speech perception could inform practice in listening classrooms. Catford (1950) developed a model for speech perception taking into account the influence of the acoustic features of the linguistic forms used by the speaker, whereby the listener 'identifies' and 'interprets' these linguistic forms based on the association between them and the context of speech. This paper critically reviews Catford's model and proposes an alternative one distinguishing between two levels of perceiving speech: word recognition and utterance comprehension. Smith and Nelson (1985) refer to these as 'intelligibility' and 'comprehensibility', respectively. The proposed model could inform classroom practice as well as curriculum and material design.

ISSN

1916-4742

Publisher

Canadian Center of Science and Education

Volume

9

First Page

13

Last Page

19

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Gold: This publication is openly available in an open access journal/series

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