Anne Schroeter, MA (1. Staatsexamen)

Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
362 Mushroom Lane
Sheffield
S10 2TS
United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 114 222 2452
Fax: +44 (0) 114 273 0547

email : a.schroeter@sheffield.ac.uk

Biography

2006: MA (1. Staatsexamen) English and Biology, Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg, Germany.

2006-2007: Teacher Training in Heidelberg, Germany.

2007-2009: Research assistant at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany.

since 2008: PhD student at the Goethe-University of Heidelberg, Frankfurt.

since 2009: Joint Location PhD student at the Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield.

since 2010: Research assistant at the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen, Germany.

Research interests:

  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Media and Pronunciation Teaching
  • Acoustic Phonetics

Research project

"Correct me, if I´m wrong…?" Identification and improvement of significant pronunciation problems of English L2 learners at the ages of 10-12
A high level of proficiency in English, and more specifically spoken language proficiency in English, is one of the most essential qualifications within the labour market in Germany. Pronunciation is one of the first language features to be noticed in spoken communicative contexts. It therefore plays an important role in the outcome of job interviews, and in achieving successful communication within the classroom, and between collaborators in international projects.
In order to improve pronunciation, this research project first identifies a core set of significant pronunciation problem areas of English L2 learners based on the literature, lesson observations, and questionnaires completed by English language teachers.
Additionally, a pronunciation training program which has been developed, was implemented within the education of about 120 German pupils of English in grade 5 (ages 10-12) over a time span of 5 months in a comprehensive and a grammar school in Frankfurt.
In case of a significant improvement of the pronunciation, possibilities of integrating the pronunciation training into the English language education curriculum in Germany will be discussed.

Collaborators

  • Dr. Stuart Cunningham (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr. Sandra Whiteside (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. Dr. i. R. Jürgen Quetz (Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany)