How Teacher–Raters Assess Learners’ Pronunciation

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Ayako Yokogawa, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

In this research I investigated how teacher–raters assess learners’ pronunciation when the learners read a given passage aloud. The purposes of the research were (a) to identify the consistency of ratings by 19 English teachers on the pronunciation of 4 learners when they orally read a passage similar to the Read-a-Text-Aloud task in TOEIC Speaking Test and (b) to spot gaps between the ratings of native and nonnative English speaker teacher–raters, if there are any. The research was conducted as a preliminary study to explore valid and reliable ratings on learners’ pronunciation by classroom teachers.