Phonology: The Sounds of English

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English is an international language that is widely used in business, information and technology, advertising, broadcasting and so on. A high level of English proficiency is a must if students want to embark into these fields after their schooling days. Teachers are playing a vital role in polishing the students’ proficiency of English in speaking to meet the demand of the job. According to Bulley (2004), the most decisive element for English is sound. Zaidan & Jassem (1997), also agree and states that the sound of English knowledge is a major element in speaking native-like English. This makes it more importance for English Language teachers to know about the sounds of English language (Deterding & Poedjosoedarmo, 1998). Teachers must uncover the knowledge of phonology to help themselves and learners in teaching and learning. Teachers’ awareness of this importance will help students to be fluent in their English Language in speaking, listening and reading. According to Fromkin, Rodman & Hyams (2003), phonology is the study of the ways in which speech sounds form systems and patterns. Phonetics is also one of the importance elements in phonology. Phonetics is the study of speech sound Fromkin, Rodman & Hyams (2003). As a future English Language teacher, it is important to acquire the knowledge of phonology to guide students in their speaking, reading and listening skills. Thus, this essay will be discussing on how the knowledge of phonology help in the future role as an English Language Teacher. An English Language teacher’s phonology knowledge can help him or her to improve their own pronunciation and can help students from different first language background to pronoun English words correctly. Teachers in Malaysia especially ha... ... middle of paper ... ...: 67-84 Nik Rahila bt Dato’Wan Ibrahim, Mohd Fauzi Kamarudin & Sharimllah Devi Ramachandran. (2007). A Comparative Study of Chinese ESL Learners from Malaysia and the People's Republic of China in Their Pronunciation of /r/ & /l/. Retrieved April 13, 2014 from Sardar Fayyaz ul Hassan. (2012). The Nature of Stress in English Language: A Study from a Perspective of Rule-Governed Approach. Language in India. 12 Tetsuo, N. and Jeroen V. D. W. (2011). On Syllable-Timed Rhythm and Stress-Timed Rhythm in World Englishes: Revisited. Retrieved April 13, 2014 from Torgesen, J. K. And Mathes, P. G. (1998). What Every Teacher Should Know about Phonological Awareness. Florida: Florida Department of Education.

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