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Publication Date

April 2016

Publication Title

Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology (CASPSLaP)


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition | Phonetics and Phonology | Spanish Linguistics


Research on task-based language teaching and learning has demonstrated that tasks may encourage second/foreign language development, specifically by facilitating conditions believed to engage processes that are important for second language acquisition to occur (Robinson, 2011; Skehan, 2014). Recent studies conducted by Solon, Long, and Gurzynski-Weiss (2014, 2015) have demonstrated that tasks designed to make pronunciation task essential do encourage learner attention to pronunciation, and increasing task complexity leads to greater accuracy in the production of the Spanish vowels [o] and [u]. This micro-teaching lesson, inspired by Solon et al., will showcase a task designed to make the pronunciation of the intervocalic tap /ɾ/ and trill /r/ task essential, in an effort to facilitate classroom learners’ attention to and practice of these segments within meaning-based interaction.


Presented as part of Ignite: Best Practices and Innovation in Pronunciation Instruction. The materials for this lesson are also available online at this link.