My research grew out of my teaching experiences with adult Vietnamese students learning English. Although many had a strong grasp of grammar and vocabulary, most struggled with intelligibility. I started teaching a stand-alone pronunciation course, and simultaneously developed a lifelong interest on issues of L2 pronunciation – intelligibility, comprehensibility, accent, and fluency. I was fortunate enough to meet another teacher at the same institution - Murray Munro - who became a colleague, a friend, a co-investigator, and a co-author. I also have an interest in issues of immigration and integration, and was the co-director of the Prairie Metropolis Research Centre of Excellence for Research on Migration and Integration for 11 years.
I am currently working on several book chapters, an article on pragmatics instruction with Erin Waugh and Murray Munro, and on a delayed post test study with Jennifer Foote and Murray Munro.
See Isabelle Darcy's review of: Derwing, T. M. & Munro, M. J. Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-based Perspectives for L2 teaching and research. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. In Journal of Second Language Pronunciation, 2(2), 285-288.
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