The purpose of this study is to investigate sixth form students’ pronunciation, and their
exposure to English during their English lessons in school. The focus of the study is to
investigate whether or not the students have problems with pronouncing the contrastive
consonant phonemes that do not exist, or are rarely used in the Swedish language
In order to investigate the students’ pronunciation, questionnaires were handed out,
followed by a reading exercise that was recorded. Also, a questionnaire was handed out
to the students’ teachers in order to investigate their thoughts about the importance of
teaching pronunciation. The participating students and teachers in this essay were
chosen from a school in the south-west part of Sweden.
The results in this essay show that the majority of the students participating had
difficulties pronouncing the English consonant phonemes which do not exist, or are
rarely used, in Swedish i.e /z/, /tʃ/ and /dʒ/. Furthermore, the results in this essay show
that the students are more likely to pronounce English words with consonant phonemes
similar to those used in Swedish.
2016. , 42 p.