Long-term effects of perceptual training on the perception and production of word-initial voiceless stops by brazilian learners: implications for pronunciation teaching

Ubiratã Kickhöfel Alves, Felipe Rodrigues Kampff


In this article, we investigate the effects of perceptual training on the perception and production of word-initial VOT patterns in English by Brazilian learners. The experiment consisted of a pre-test, a post-test and two delayed post-tests. The first delayed post-test took place one month after training, while the second one took place three years later. The results show a slight increase in the identification rates by the Experimental Group, and no significant increase between the pre-test and the final post-test in the production data. Based on these results, we draw attention to the need of associating perceptual training with additional awareness-raising tasks on phonetic-phonological aspects, combined with a continuous exposure to the target forms.


Perceptual Training; Word-initial Plosives; Pronunciation Teaching


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2019v72n3p375

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