Gender and Level Differences in the Attitudes to English Pronunciation at a Spanish University
Keywords:English pronunciation, attitudes, gender differences
A group of 111 Spanish university students (61 males and 50 females) were surveyed on their attitudes to English pronunciation using a sociodemographic and an attitudinal questionnaire. The L2 Motivational Self System was used as a point of departure in the analysis of the collected data. On average, advanced Spanish speakers of English at university level see the native standard as the model to imitate. The average student in the sample is also fairly satisfied with their accent in English, contrary to popular belief. It was revealed that the women found pronunciation to be more important than the men, and that the men were more prone to negative self-assessment. While the level did not affect the perceived importance of pronunciation, it did have an impact on communicative confidence and pronunciation self-rating.
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