Call For Papers

Setting the Course for Pronunciation Teaching and Assessment


The 4th Annual Conference

Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Campus)

Vancouver, British Columbia

August 24-25, 2012

Plenary Speaker


Pavel Trofimovich

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec


“Teaching second language pronunciation:

From the psycholinguistic lab to the language classroom

Pronunciation has moved from being a central feature of language teaching and assessment to being largely ignored, but today, pronunciation is again becoming an integral rather than a peripheral part of language teaching and assessment. This conference explores visions of how pronunciation can become more integrated into language teaching learning and into language assessment.

Submissions for papers and posters are welcome for any topic related to pronunciation teaching and learning, and especially for presentations related to the theme of the conference, including

  1. How can pronunciation teaching be more effectively targeted so that teaching and learning are more likely to improve speech comprehensibility?
  2. How can pronunciation be integrated into instruction?
  3. What is the most appropriate role of technology in pronunciation learning?
  4. What is the role of pronunciation in assessing oral communication ability?
  5. What are the washback effects of including pronunciation in speaking tests?
  6. How can speech intelligibility be assessed reliably?

Papers will be given in English, and presenters will be invited to submit their papers for a peer-reviewed, on-line proceedings of the conference.

A special feature of this conference is a roundtable on pronunciation assessment, to be held on August 25, 2012.


Organizing Committee

Murray Munro (

Tracey Derwing (

John Levis (

Kimberly LeVelle (

Beth Zielinski (