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While there are a handful of diacritical accents (tú vives en tu casa), the primary purpose of written accents in Spanish is for pronunciation, specifically to show an atypical stress pattern.

Therefore, we think it is imperative that students master the typical (or prototypical) stress pattern first.

All elementary teachers of native Spanish-speaking children throughout the Spanish-speaking world (including here in the United States) are expected to teach the rules of accentuation as part of the general Artes del Lenguaje (Spanish Language Arts) curriculum.

In our survey of first-year language students at the start of their first course, over 90% percent had the very strong or somewhat strong expectation to learn and practice pronunciation. (Note that pronouncing a word incorrectly is different from having a foreign accent: of course, one can have a strong foreign accent and also have correct pronunciation!)

Over 70% considered pronunciation a very important or somewhat important skill, vital to communication, listening and speaking.