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International Journal of New Developments in Education, 2022, 4(4); doi: 10.25236/IJNDE.2022.040405.

Enhancing Vocabulary Performance through Teaching International Phonetic Alphabet


Huizhen Chen

Corresponding Author:
Huizhen Chen

Department of International Language Education, Hongkong University of Science and Technology, Hongkong, China


The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is currently the most widespread phonetic symbol system. It has been widely discussed whether primary school teacher should use phonetic symbols to teach vocabulary pronunciation. Based on the previous studies on IPA teaching and characteristics of learners’ background, it is suggested that IPA should be taught to primary school students at grade 5-6 in mainland China. The teaching of IPA can improve their English vocabulary performance in terms of correcting vocabulary pronunciation and better using vocabulary learning strategy.


IPA teaching, Primary school student, Vocabulary performance

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Huizhen Chen. Enhancing Vocabulary Performance through Teaching International Phonetic Alphabet. International Journal of New Developments in Education (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 4: 28-32. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDE.2022.040405.


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