Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 1 March 2023                                             Pp.71-88

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A Corpus-based Pronunciation Teaching Model: A Conceptual Paper 

Bojie Qian
Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
School of Arts and Humanities
Wuhan University of Communication, Wuhan, China
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Farhana Diana Deris
Language Academy, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, Malaysia


 Received:12/03/2022         Accepted:01/31/2023                 Published: 03/24/2023


Learning a second language is challenging, but mastering pronunciation is even more difficult. Researchers continuously seek new ways to improve students’ English abilities, such as listening and speaking, while ignoring the importance of pronunciation. After conducting a literature review, this article investigates the impact of corpora and two instructional methods on improving students’ pronunciation. The paper addresses how to teach pronunciation effectively in the context of English as a second language. According to the review, corpus resources, critical listening, and shadowing can all be used independently to enhance students’ proficiency in second language learning. Hence, an innovative Corpus-based Critical Listening and Shadowing model has been devised as an aid in the teaching of pronunciation by providing more specific suggestions for teachers and students, with the expectation that students will perform better once they have been taught pronunciation using the methodology. The current study’s findings have pedagogical and methodological implications for pronunciation teaching, learning and research. The implications and future directions of the innovative Corpus-based Critical Listening and Shadowing model are also discussed.
Keywords: Corpus-based research, critical listening, pronunciation teaching model, shadowing, conceptual paper

Cite as: Qian, B., & Deris, F. D. (2023). A Corpus-based Pronunciation Teaching Model: A Conceptual Paper.
Arab World English Journal, 14 (1) 71-88.


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Received: 12/03/2022
Accepted: 01/31/2023
Published: 03/24/2023 

Bojie Qian is an Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities, Wuhan University of Communication. She is currently a PhD candidate in TEFL at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her main research interests include applications of corpus linguistics in language learning and teaching, L2 pronunciation pedagogy, and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). ORCID:

 Dr Farhana Diana Deris is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Her research interests include technology enhanced teaching and learning for engaging 21st century English language learners, and building and sustaining partnerships through new media communication in the context of HEI internationalisation. ORCID: