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PROBLEMS OF PRODUCING SOUNDS ENCOUNTERED BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF ENGLISH AT TARTOOS UNIVERSITY

اسم الباحث: میرفت نعمة

المشرف : الدكتور موریس العمر

العنوان : مشاكل لفظ الأصوات التي یواجھھا طلاب اللغة الانكلیزیة في جامعة طرطوس

العنوان باللغة الانكليزية : PROBLEMS OF PRODUCING SOUNDS ENCOUNTERED BY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF ENGLISH AT TARTOOS UNIVERSITY

العام : 2019

القسم الملخص :

Foreign language learning or second language learning is not an easy task because acquiring a language means learning its basic skills, i.e., reading, writing, listening

and speaking. Learners of English encounter many problems and obstacles because

an English rule often has its exceptions which may not exist in the learners’ native

language. One of the most familiar problems is pronunciation which is essential for

communication.

This study highlights the pronunciation problems of Syrian students of English

with an emphasis on the students who study English as a foreign language at Tartoos

University. This study aims to identify some pronunciation problems, discuss the

reasons and offer some solutions. The focus of this study is on segmental features

(i.e., English sounds). Thus, ten categories are studied. They include consonant

clusters, foreign sounds and Arabic-like sounds, common and shared words between

English and Arabic, silent letters, words with strange spelling, morphological

endings, long and short vowels, the different realizations and forms of the vowels ‘a’,

the double ‘oo’ and /e/ and //,.

Three methods are used for data collection: pronunciation test, questionnaire and

interviews. The results show that students of English at Tartoos University have

serious pronunciation problems due to many factors such as mother-tongue

interference, the different syllable structure of English and Arabic and other factors.

The results also provide some solutions that can help the students overcome their

pronunciation problems.

 

 

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