The Significance of English Phonology Learning Towards The Improvement of Pronunciation Accuracy of English Vowel Sounds: A Review
AbstractThe foundation of English spoken communication is having good English pronunciation skill and that is why English pronunciation accuracy is recognized as a fundamental skill in producing good English oral communication. Hence, the present study was aimed at examining and reviewing the significance of English Phonology learning towards the improvement of EFL students’ pronunciation accuracy in pronouncing English vowel sounds and the related English words in an English Phonology class. The data of the present study were obtained from fifteen research participants, using total population sampling technique, in the form of oral examination results - as the main instrument for data collection. The data of the present study were analyzed in a descriptive qualitative method which was based on the facts or phenomena that occurred empirically among the research participants. This descriptive qualitative research method was conducted through several phases: (1) data collection, (2) data analysis, and (3) presentation of the result by describing the data in the form of spoken English vowel sounds and the related English words from the object of research that could be observed and examined to obtain the picture of phenomena in the students’ pronunciation accuracy. The findings of the present study revealed that most of the research participants’ pronunciation accuracy (53.34%) in pronouncing English vowel sounds and the related English words is categorised into ‘Good’ and ‘Advanced’ categories, that is: 26.67% belong to ‘Good’ category and 26.67% belong to ‘Advanced’ category, while the rest belongs to ‘Excellent’ category (13.33%) and ‘Satisfactory’ category (33.33%).