Investigating the Impact of EFL Students’ Misuse of Prosodic Features on their Face-to-face Interactions from University Instructors’ Perspectives

  • Bahram Sattar Abdulrahman Department of English, College of Basic Education, University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
Keywords: Intonation, Prosodic features, Stress, Syllable, Teaching/Learning Prosodies.

Abstract

The present study aims at investigating the use of prosodic features by Kurdish EFL undergraduates in their face-to-face interactions inside/outside the classroom from the university instructors’ perspectives. The study hypothesizes that the majority of Kurdish EFL undergraduates are not fully aware of the fact that any misuse of prosodic features would probably affect the emotions, feelings, and attitudes that the face-to-face interaction is intended to convey. Building on an analysis of a questionnaire given to 54 university instructors at 10 Iraqi Kurdistan Region different universities, the study concludes that the majority of problems the students face can be related to the misuse of stress, intonation, and other prosodic features. Therefore, EFL instructors should pay more attention to make students learn how to use prosodic features and enable them to send messages adequately while engaging in face-to-face interactions. This would require special classes about prosodic features so that EFL students can overcome the misuse they have in face-to-face communication. This is inevitable because accuracy and fluency in communication require EFL students to master both features: segmental and suprasegmental. The reason behind this necessity could be attributed to the fact that broken and/or incorrect pronunciation can be considered as one of the most prominent factors behind misunderstandings in communication.

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Author Biography

Bahram Sattar Abdulrahman, Department of English, College of Basic Education, University of Sulaimani, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

He has MA in TESOL at the University of Huddersfield in the UK in 2012 and has a BA degree in English at the University of Sulaimani in 2009. He has received Diploma in Teaching English at the Teacher Training Institution in Sulaimani in 1995.  His research interests include Applied linguistics, Linguistics, Pedagogical Technology, Teaching Methods, and Psychology. He has authored and co-authored several academic papers and has obtained certificate of thanks and appreciation from the presidency of the University of Sulaimania in 2016-2017-2018-2019-2020. Additionally, he has obtained a certificate of thanks and appreciation from the Dean as a reward for teaching English course voluntarily and thoroughly without any shortening for the employees of the college of basic education at Sulaimani on March 24, 2010, and several other certificates due to his hard work and loyalty in the academic sector.

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Published
2021-06-30
How to Cite
Abdulrahman, B. (2021, June 30). Investigating the Impact of EFL Students’ Misuse of Prosodic Features on their Face-to-face Interactions from University Instructors’ Perspectives. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 5(1), 50-64. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25079/ukhjss.v5n1y2021.pp50-64
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