Explicit and implicit training methods for improving native English speakers’ comprehension of nonnative speech

Stephanie Lindemann, Maxi-Ann Campbell, Jason Litzenberg, Nicolas Close Subtirelu
  • Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, March 2016, John Benjamins
  • DOI: 10.1075/jslp.2.1.04lin

Training native speakers to comprehend nonnative speeh

What is it about?

This paper utilizes a short online training session to try to build native English speakers exposure to, comprehension of, and empathy towards Korean-accented English.

Why is it important?

With the increasing use of English as a lingua franca, native speakers of English will need training on how to communicate successfully with nonnative speakers. Blame for ineffective or failed communication exchanges between native and nonnative speakers has frequently fallen on the nonnative speaker, but research has shown that native speaker's use of ineffective strategies can lead to communication failure or to the feeling that an exchange went poorly.


Maxi-Ann MA Campbell (Author)
Duke Kunshan University

While working with nonnative English speakers is very important for communication in an increasingly globalized world and needs further study and practical application in the classroom, this work will not be enough. Native speakers of English will also need training for communicating in English as lingua franca scenarios.

The following have contributed to this page: Maxi-Ann MA Campbell and Stephanie Lindemann