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Pak, Hubert H., Im, Byung-Bin & Min, Su-Jung. “Practical Speech Corrections Using Sound Visualization Technique: A Theoretical Perspective.” Studies on English Language & Literature. 33.1(2007): 255-278. In teaching English as a second or foreign language (EFL/ESL), there is a widely debated subject; the usefulness of teaching pronunciation. Some researches have relentlessly suggested that teachers can make little or no difference at all in speech correction and improving their students’ pronunciation. In contrast, there are numerous other researches showing that the speech correction and pronunciation teaching can make a noticeable difference if certain criteria, such as the teaching of suprasegmentals and the linking of pronunciation with listening practice, are fulfilled, which in turn may have immense effect on communicative competence and proficiency. To illustrate the latter claim, this paper proposes that, with English assuming the position of the world’s major lingua franca, the efficiency of pronunciation (clear, articulate and accurate) is an essential sub-process of productive language skills, and is crucial in fluent speaking. First, key issues on foreign language pronunciation teaching and learning are analyzed in order to derive some general guidelines for effective training. Second, this study examines the feasibility of an experimental computerized training, to reach a certain degree of accuracy for fluent pronunciation. (Kongju National University)