Can you pronunce January? : A comparative study of Swedish students learning English in an at-home environment and a study-abroad environment

Detta är en Uppsats för yrkesexamina på grundnivå från Karlstads universitet/Institutionen för språk, litteratur och interkultur

Sammanfattning: The aim of the study was to investigate whether there is a difference between Swedish learners of English in an at-home environment compared to Swedish learners of English who studied English abroad for a year, in their ability to distinguish between certain English phoneme. The method used to investigate was through a questionnaire where the informants had to identify words containing the sounds /z/, /θ/, /ð/, /ʃ/, /ʒ/, /tʃ/, /dʒ/ and /w/. The results showed that the informants who had been abroad were more familiar with the sounds than the informants who had studied in a Swedish senior high school over the same period of time. It was found that the sound /z/ was the hardest sound to identify, followed by /ʒ/, for both groups of informants. 

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