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A fonetika tanításának problémái és lehetőségei
Problems and possibilities of teaching phonetics

Mnemonics in teaching the classification of speech sounds

Author(s): Béla Istók, Sándor János Tóth, Szilvia N. Varagya
Subject(s): Phonetics / Phonology, Finno-Ugrian studies, School education
Published by: Филозофски факултет, Универзитет у Новом Саду
Keywords: phonetics; vowels; consonants; mnemotechnics; didactics

Summary/Abstract: With the help of an online questionnaire (N = 101), this study examines the problems and possibilities of teaching phonetics. The study’s primary goal is to collect mnemonics (evocative words and sentences, pseudo-explanations) and recommend them to (future) teachers of Hungarian language, through which they can help their students memorise the classification of vowels and consonants in an easier and more interesting way. The research reveals that phonetics is one of the less popular topics of grammar among students who may think it is abstract, complicated and hardly applicable in real life. Most teachers believe that the complexity of knowledge base that students (of fifth grade) have to acquire is not in accordance with their age (maturity); hence, teaching the levels of language with a synthetic method (i.e. building up from base level) may be the reason why students become alienated from grammar.

  • Issue Year: 22/2021
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 56-77
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Hungarian