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"What'd You Say?

October 2012

": Pronunciation Activities by Sarah Sahr Oh, the joys of helping students with the strange English phonemes. It’s safe to say, English is peppered with confusing pronunciation. I’m sure we have all come across those moments of, “Excuse me. From consonants like /raɪs/ and /laɪs/, to vowels such as /bɛd/ and /bæd/, not to forget the dreaded /tri:/ and /θri:/, students are tasked with sorting out all kinds of complicated sounds and articulations. Mirror Mirror Materials: small hand-held mirrors, one for each student Often, as teachers, we resort to hearing when it comes to helping students pronounce different phonemes. Make sure each student has his or her own mirror. Teaching and Learning Pronunciation. A lot of teachers shy away from teaching pronunciation or they think it isn't important for learners to know the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbols.

Teaching and Learning Pronunciation

No doubt they have their reasons, but I often get asked by students, 'But how do I learn how to pronounce a word? ' They look up a word in a dictionary, and they see these funny squiggles beside the word and they don't know what they mean. If only for this reason, for them to be able to pronounce a word by looking at the IPA, it's worth guiding them through the sounds of English. If you're a teacher, but you aren't sure where to start, Adrian Underhill's videos are phenomenally inspirational - just search for him in YouTube. I have embedded his schwa lesson here: Teaching pronunciation, however, may require too much time, which isn't always available in class. First, its useful to know which symbols are used in English pronunciation. Train Your Accent: Accent Reduction Training and Conversational English. Teaching and Learning Pronunciation. Train Your Accent: Accent Reduction Training and Conversational English.

Teaching and Learning Pronunciation. TKT: Teaching Knowledge Test. Google. Teaching Pronunciation. Teaching English pronunciation is an area of language teaching that many English teachers avoid.

Teaching Pronunciation

While there are many textbooks and instruction manuals available, as well as books on the theories and methodologies of language teaching there is comparatively little on learning pronunciation. Why? Is it because we don't need to teach pronunciation or because it cannot be taught? Certainly, we need to teach pronunciation. There is a big difference between a ship and a sheep and a pear and a bear! Pronunciation. Welcome to EnglishClub Pronunciation for ESL learners.


If your questions about pronunciation are not answered here, feel free to ask a question at the Help Each Other With English forum. Word Stress and Sentence Stress. The Golden Key to English Pronunciation Josef Essberger Normally when we say "I feel stressed" it means "I feel anxious".

Word Stress and Sentence Stress

Stress is a kind of worried feeling about life or work. But there is another kind of stress that actually helps us understand. This other kind of stress is an accent that we make on certain syllables and words when speaking English. In some languages, for example Japanese, people say each syllable with equal force. Word Stress Quiz. Word Stress Rules. There are two very simple rules about word stress: One word has only one stress.

Word Stress Rules

(One word cannot have two stresses. If you hear two stresses, you hear two words. Two stresses cannot be one word. Sentence Stress. Sentence stress is the music of spoken English.

Sentence Stress

Like word stress, sentence stress can help you to understand spoken English, especially when spoken fast. Linking in English. Dimitrios' Pronunciation article 3. Pronunciation: The "Cinderella" of Language Teaching by Dimitrios Thanasoulas - 3 A few words on suprasegmental (prosodic) features Teaching experience shows that it is worthwhile to introduce sounds in prosodic patterns even at the initial stage of learning, as it brings the idea of "contextualised" sounds into connected speech.

Dimitrios' Pronunciation article 3

It could be argued that in speech, suprasegmental features of stress, rhythm, pitch, and intonation are equally important in achieving cohesion and coherence-two terms usually associated with written discourse only. Pronunciation - the poor relation? Pronunciation - the poor relation?

Pronunciation - the poor relation?

Submitted by Adrian Underhill on 28 September, 2010 - 14:16 The point I want to make is that pronunciation teaching has been neglected and that we have all lost out through this. In spite of the development of interesting teaching materials by various people it remains the poor relation of language teaching, poorly related to the rest of what happens in the language classroom.

I want to suggest two reasons why I think this is, and two corresponding ways of overcoming this and moving forward. In the second article I will pick up on the practical side of this and explore a strategy for action in the classroom, for laying the foundations of a mutually enriching integration of pronunciation with the rest of language. Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation. Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation Submitted by Adrian Underhill on 20 October, 2010 - 11:19 I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the central arena of language work.

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

Rhythm. The phonology of any language is a system, so that a change in one part of the system will affect some or all of the other parts. Sentence stress Connected speech Teaching rhythm Recognition Production Conclusion The system looks like this: English is a very rhythmical language, so that a learner who can maintain the rhythm of the language is more likely to sound both natural and fluent. The two components of the system which have the greatest influence on rhythm are sentence stress and the various features of connected speech, i.e. what happens to words when we put them in an utterance. Sentence stress In any sentence, some words carry a stress.

‘It’s the worst thing that you could do’ Intonation. It's no surprise that many teachers don't feel confident about tackling it in the classroom. When teaching grammar or lexis, we find ways of making the language accessible to our learners. How then to do this with intonation? What is intonation? Rhythm. Rhythm Submitted by admin on 4 April, 2007 - 13:00 Rhythm is both a feature of and product of the phonological structure of English.

The phonology of any language is a system, so that a change in one part of the system will affect some or all of the other parts. Multi-word verbs: Learner problems. I find that learners around the world tend to panic at the mere mention of their name, and to avoid using them for fear of making mistakes. In this article I shall be looking at why this is and how as teachers we can try to encourage students to use them. Various meanings Collocation Helping students with collocation Particles Pronunciation Grammatical form Conclusion Various meaningsMany multi-word verbs carry more than one meaning. Thus, learners who are familiar with the meaning of "turn down" as in, "He turned down the radio", have problems interpreting the meaning of "He turned her down" (rejected her) .

I have found that it is best to deal with the meaning of the verb that is salient in the text. Many multi-word verbs carry a literal meaning, e.g. " Collocation Multi-word verbs present problems in terms of the words with which they collocate. Students often understand the meaning, i.e. cancel, and then attempt to apply it to other nouns with which it in fact has no relationship. Tkt teaching resource multi word verbs.


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