A review of English intonation approaches and their application in the second-language acquisition
Author(s): Dr. Hayder Kubashi
Abstract: This scholarly paper presents a thorough synthesis of diverse English intonation approaches and their application in the context of second-language acquisition. The intricate and multifaceted nature of English intonation renders it an arduous challenge for non-native learners, making it imperative to explore an array of instructional paradigms that can effectively facilitate intonation acquisition.
The initial section of this synthesis scrutinizes conventional intonation methodologies, including the Structural Approach and the Tone Unit Approach, which have been conventionally employed in language instruction. These methodologies concentrate on segmenting spoken discourse into syntactically organized units and investigating pitch contours as markers of semantic meaning and discourse organization. While these approaches lay a groundwork for learners, their tendency to overlook the subtle intricacies of native-like intonation might limit their utility in facilitating full intonation competence, especially in complex conversational contexts.