Assessing Pronunciation

  • Martha C. Pennington
  • Pamela Rogerson-Revell
Part of the Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics book series (RPAL)


The complexity of pronunciation presents challenges in both what and how to measure this aspect of language proficiency. Standardized tests of spoken language proficiency typically incorporate pronunciation, though with varying and often inconsistent measures and criteria. Traditionally, pronunciation has been assessed through human rating, which has received considerable research attention, while recently computerized assessment of speaking proficiency that includes pronunciation has been developed and researched. The assessment of pronunciation can also be taken to include research on pronunciation aptitude and its relation to pronunciation achievement. Current discussions on the nature of pronunciation and the increased demand for testing of language competence for academic study and for specific jobs suggest the need for further attention to micro and macro aspects of pronunciation in speech production and perception.


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  • Martha C. Pennington
    • 1
  • Pamela Rogerson-Revell
    • 2
  1. 1.SOAS and Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.EnglishUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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