Profile Issues in Teachers` Professional Development
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HITOTUZI, Nilton. Some Relevant Aspects of the Constituents of the English Tone Unit for Formal Pronunciation Teaching*. profile [online]. 2007, n.8, pp. 165-178. ISSN 1657-0790.
This paper is an attempt to provide evidence that the semantics of utterances can also be offered by intonation, and thus to point out some important aspects of the English intonation system for formal pronunciation teaching. Furthermore, on the assumption that this system plays a major role in aural/ oral communication, it argues for the necessity of long-term experiments on the applicability of David Brazil's Discourse Intonation approach with beginners. It nonetheless recognises that applying it to students in a foreign-language learning environment may pose a serious challenge for teachers whose mother tongue differs from the target language.
Palavras-chave : Intonation system; formal pronunciation teaching; oral/aural interaction.