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Baker, A. & Murphy, J. (2011). Knowledge base of pronunciation teaching: staking out the territory. Tesl Canada Journal, 28 (2), 29-50.


Despite decades of advocacy for greater investigative attention, research into pronunciation instruction in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL)and English as a foreign language (EFL) continues to be limited. This limitations particularly evident in explorations of teacher cognition (e.g., teachers knowledge, beliefs, and understandings), an area emerging as a vibrant focus for grounded research on the development, preparation, and instructional behaviors of ESL/EFL teachers. This article provides a comprehensive review of teacher cognition literature tied to ESL/EFL pronunciation instruction. The review's dual purposes are (a) to document the current knowledge base of pronunciation teaching, and(b) to propose future directions for classroom-based teacher cognition research in this area.

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