- PhD, Linguistics, University of Alberta
Dr. Derwing taught in the TESL area in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta from 1990-2014. Her research grew out of teaching experiences with adult Vietnamese students learning English. Although many had a strong grasp of grammar and vocabulary, most struggled with intelligibility. She started teaching a stand-alone pronunciation course, and simultaneously developed a lifelong interest on issues of L2 pronunciation – intelligibility, comprehensibility, accent, and fluency. Dr. Derwing met another another teacher at the same institution - Murray Munro - who became a colleague, a friend, a co-investigator, and a co-author. They continue to work together and are currently writing a book entitled Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research.
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