Using Metacognitive Strategies to Raise Awareness of Stress and Intonation

  • Diana Carolina Peñuela Centro Colombo Americano
Keywords: Intelligibility, intonation, language awareness, learning strategies, suprasegmental, stress (en_US)

Abstract (en_US)

Few studies have analyzed the impact of language awareness and metacognitive strategies for intelligibility in the context of English as an International Language. This qualitative action research study examined the impact of using three metacognitive strategies: overviewing, goal setting, and self-evaluating to raise adult learners’ awareness of stress and intonation at a private language center in Bogotá. Ten participants enrolled in an advanced English course showed lack of awareness of the use of suprasegmentals (stress or intonation) to communicate intelligibly in a preliminary oral interview. The implementation took three cycles. Each one lasted an hour every day for two weeks. During the first week, the participants were trained to use one metacognitive strategy. During the second week, they identified a suprasegmental feature from video or audio input. Finally, they monitored the use of such a feature through the strategy they had learnt in the first week. The data collection instruments were learning logs, recorded artifacts, and field notes. The results showed that students raised awareness in a triadic process that involves metalinguistic, learning, and self-awareness. Results may be useful to revisit the current teaching of pronunciation and to provide insights about the use of elements from the lingua franca core in the Colombian context.


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Author Biography

Diana Carolina Peñuela, Centro Colombo Americano
Diana Peñuela holds a Master's degree in English Language Teaching with emphasis on Autonomous Learning Environments from Universidad de La Sabana. Additionally, she holds an ICELT Certificate from Cambridge University and has 8 years of experience teaching English as a foreign language and as a teacher trainer.  She is currently a full time teacher at Centro Colombo Americano. Her research interests include phonology, metacognition, and intelligibility in EFL.


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How to Cite
Peñuela, D. (2018). Using Metacognitive Strategies to Raise Awareness of Stress and Intonation. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 20(1), 91-104.
Published: 2018-02-16
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