The EFL Learners’ Fossilization of the / θ / and / ð / Sounds. Case Study: First Year EFL Students at Tahri Mohamed University, Bechar, Algeria

Khelf Yakout • Mostari Hind Amel

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Abstract

The articulation of the consonant sounds / θ / and / ð / of the English language is a serious pronunciation problem for the Bechari students in general and EFL students at Tahri Mohamed University (UTMB) in particular. It was noticed that EFL students at UTMB manage to use the /t/ and /d/ sounds instead of / θ / and / ð /; and thus changing the meaning of words, which boil down to mean that it can create breakdowns in communication. Mother tongue interference and lack of professional instruction are some of the causes that lead to the mispronunciation of sounds. The aim of this study is to explore the causes of the constant mispronunciation of the English consonant sounds / θ / and / ð / by EFL students at UTMB besides showing the importance of pronunciation Teaching.

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International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

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