Pronunciation Problems Faced by Indonesian College Students Who Learn to Speak English

Tambunsaribu, Gunawan and Simatupang, Masda Surti (2021) Pronunciation Problems Faced by Indonesian College Students Who Learn to Speak English. European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 8 (2). pp. 759-766. ISSN 2515 8260

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Abstract

Many researches about English language have been conducted by many researchers related to pronunciation errors by English learners around the world. This research investigates the errors of English pronunciation made by Indonesian college students in Indonesia. This research uses qualitative method with purposive sampling data. Data have been collected from 50 students of Gunadarma University, Jakarta. In collecting data, the researcher typed the mispronounciation words as well as recorded their voice while they were speaking in front of the class. It is found that: 1) English language has many different sounds for a vowel letter (for example: letter „a‟ pronounced as [æ], [ɒ], [ə], etc.); 2) Indonesian language does not have silent�consonant and silent-vowel letters (for example: silent g, h, k, and e); 3) The plossive consonant letters are not pronounced clearly in bahasa Indonesia such the word tidak, bebek and sebab, etc. Thus, the Indonesian students have problems the English words such as think, philosophy, psychology, bright, etc. In conclusion, many college students in Indonesia are confused to pronounce some English words because they have such inconsistescy sounds for vowel letters, vowel-letter combination, silent letters and the sounds of two or three combination of consonant letters. This research is hoped to be very helpful for English teachers especially for teaching TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) to help their students increasing their undertanding as well as their pronunciation skills in speaking English. This research may be helpful for English teachers who want to design some teaching methods to overcome the English pronunciation problems faced by college students in Indonesia. Keywords: English Sounds; Inconsistency of Vowel and Consonant Sounds; Pronunciation Problems; and English Learners.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
Depositing User: Mr Alexander Jeremia
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 04:32
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2021 04:41
URI: http://repository.uki.ac.id/id/eprint/4902

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