Phonology and the brain: it’s all in the features. …and the vision that was planted in my brain still remains, within the sound of silence. (Simon and Garfunkel, The sound of silence 1964) Sound is made of waves. One fundamental trick of speech is that it surfs those waves by slicing them up into discrete bits. Phonics Games b-n Phonics Games: Which game can you do the fastest? Or have a look at the Main Phonics Page - Phonics Worksheets Page or the Phonics Songs Page Be sure to tell your students about this page so they can study at home! They can access the games directly from the "Kids Page" at www.GenkiEnglish.com The idea of phonics is that you teach your students the various sounds that English letters have. The advantage of this over simply teaching the alphabet is that once they have mastered the main sounds, they can then read many English words!
Phonics Phonics can help a person recognize more words, improve spelling, increase reading speed and comprehension, improve writing skills, help with pronunciation, and improve vocabulary. While a learner may still have to memorize the pronunciation and spelling of some words, he or she will be able to sound out many more on his/her own. Creating phonemic awareness should begin with the vowels: a, e, i, o, u, and sometimes y. Students should work on the short vowel sounds before moving on to the long vowel sounds. IPA transcription in Unicode Look at this: [ə]. Do you see a phonetic symbol between the square brackets? (You should see a schwa.) Displaying IPA symbols For you to be able to display Unicode phonetic symbols correctly on your web browser, the browser must be Unicode-compliant (all current browsers are) you must be running Windows 95 or later, or, on a Macintosh, OSX; (otherwise, and for Unix or Linux, see advice from the Unicode site)you must have installed a Unicode font that includes the IPA symbols The list of such Windows TrueType/OpenType fonts currently available and that I recommend is as follows.
Pronunciation Activities Minimal Pairs Click here to see a selection of ideas to practise minimal pairs (words which differ in only one sound, such as "cat" and "cut"). There is also a minimal pairs list here if you want some ideas to use with the activities. Sss, zzz and shhh Click here for an activity to practise the sounds sss, zzz and shhh which can be a problem for most nationalities. Homophones Course Website Locator: 2791 Harvard College/Graduate School of Arts and Sciences The following course websites match your request: Fall 2014-2015 Sounds of Language Patrick J. Lesson Plan Daily Routines Level: Beginners Aim: at the end of the class the students will be able to share some information about their daily routines with their partners. New Vocabulary Wash my hands Wash my face Wake up Eat breakfast Get dressed Comb my hair Have lunch Go to bed Simon says How to play: 1 player takes the role of 'Simon' and issues instructions (usually physical actions such as jump or stick out your tongue) to the other players, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase 'Simple Simon says', for example 'Simon says jump.
Happy Students Learn Better! Foster Positive Emotions in Every Course You Make Happy Students Learn Better! Foster Positive Emotions in Every Course You Make “First there is emotion; after that comes cognition,” said Frank Thissen, a Multimedia Didactics and Intercultural Communication professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, Germany. In the midst of a large research on the role of emotions in eLearning, Professor Thissen further explained that while negative emotions tend to make us clearly remember data including the minutest detail, positive emotions tend to help us remember more complex things. And this is what we’ve been trying to communicate for a long time: effective eLearning design should evoke positive emotions. If learners feel safe, happy, and fullfilled, they will actually enjoy learning.
The Best Websites For Learning English Pronunciation Ways to Help ELLs Learn Pronunciation is the headline of one of my Education Week Teacher columns. I had to make a lot of difficult choices to come up with this latest “The Best…” list. One decision I made was to focus this list more on Beginning and Early Intermediate English Language Learners, or for more advanced ELL’s who primarily would use these sites more to “brush-up” or review some basic pronunciation skills. I am developing another list that I’ll call The Best Sites For Developing English Conversational Skills. That one will probably be geared more towards Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners, and will include more of the sites I received from readers in my call for recommendations.
Brain Section Multitasks, Handling Phonetics and Decision-Making Scientists from Brown University and the University of Cincinnati found that a portion of the brain that handles decision-making also helps decipher different sounds. Details are in the July issue of the journal Psychological Science. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A front portion of the brain that handles tasks like decision-making also helps decipher different phonetic sounds, according to new Brown University research.