CyberClasses: Pronunciation: The tone group Introduction The tone group is the unit of intonation in English. When you speak, you can play with your voice to convey meaning. You can go up or down, up and down, or down and up. Each tone goup is a thought group, that is, you state one idea in each tone group. ActivitiesRead this paragraph and find the thought groups in it. Once upon a starless midnight there was an owl who sat on the branch of an oak tree two ground moles tried to slip by unnoticed"You!" Look at the examples and find where the emphasis lies in each sentence. Using pauses in different places can give a sentence different meanings. David said, "That man is very rude!"" Tongue twisters are very useful when trying to learn to keep up the rhythm of English intonation. Resources for FUN!! EvaluationYour tongue twister and how you come to master it will be the evaluation of this unit. ConclusionNow that you are at the end of your trip, write a sentence about what you have learnt.
Phonetics Sounds As you know, the English alphabet is far from being a regular and consistent system of representing all the sounds in English. For instance, think of the letter group ough. How many different way can it sound like: And as you can see, "ough" can produce a myriad of sounds seemingly randomly. Unfortunately concensus is the last thing linguists have between them and consequently several systems exist. The following are some of the signs of the American phonetic system. Formally, /t/ becomes [t] after [s], and becomes [th] everywhere else. Consonants: Some important points: V+ denoted "voiced", and V- is "voiceless". Vowels: Even though they look like English, don't be tempted to pronounce the symbols as if they were English letters. When you say a vowel, you unconsciously change your tongue and lip into an unique configuration characterized by three attributes: Unrounded vs rounded.
Settling old sores. My son's football team lost this afternoon. To be honest, they were whipped, pasted, buried, truly humbled 6-0, 6-0, 4-0, 3-0... It was a dash to their young egos. If the kids were taught a lesson today, so was I, by their young team coach. He sat them down, as their heads dropped in disappointment and complimented them on their willingness to run and to play. They brushed themselves off, got up and lost their last match 2-0. I am often struck by the parallels between learning a language and learning to play a sport. Failure, here in France, is unfashionnable; competence, quality, control is projected everywhere. Rewards, marks, averages and scores are settled in the educational psyche. I would recommend reading Daniel Pink's Drive! While I am dwelling on my son's goal-keeping career, I can't help thinking that we need to celebrate heroic failures who came good despite their early disappointments. When I was the age of my son I dreamt of playing rugby for England.
Skills: teaching English intonation By Jim Scrivener Many teachers find intonation difficult to teach. As a result they may avoid it. But intonation can be fun to work with - and it can make other language areas such as grammar easier to teach. Here are some ideas. One word conversations Write a number of single words (e.g. yes, today, sorry, bread etc.) on scraps of paper. Intonation and grammar in English When you teach a new grammar item (e.g. superlatives) don't just teach model sentences as 'idealised' examples - try putting the grammar into realistic and memorable everyday sentences with some real feeling such as anger, excitement, amazement etc (e.g. English Poems Choose a short extract from a poem that you like (about 4 - 8 lines). Intonation arrows A simple, clear way to show intonation is to draw a little box over each stressed syllable. Marking texts Ask learners to listen to a short dialogue while looking at the printed text. Back to index
English Pronunciation We use Cisco wireless in all our buildings for convenient and immediate online access. You will need the following for the files below: English Pronunciation/Listening We use the popular Can8 VirtuaLab for all our digital language lab programs. Unit One: TH, as in THINK, BATHROOM, and TEETH. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thought' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (894k). Unit Two: TH, as in THOSE, MOTHER and SOOTHE. Watch this QuickTime movie on the word 'Thy' to see how to correctly make the 'TH' sound (725k). Unit Three: L and R, as in COLLECT, CORRECT, LAMB, and RAM. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FOUR :i and I, as in SEEN and SIN. Minimal Pairs (228k) In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit FIVE: s, sh, and ch. Minimal Pairs In this exercise, you will hear pairs of words that are the same except for one sound. Unit SEVEN Our Address at OUC:
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Learn English Free Archives | CultureAlley's Blog 1. Watch English movies/serials: Watching English movies or cartoons with subtitles (dialogues are shown in English) can help us in learning English. We can start with watching cartoons like, ‘Tom & Jerry’, ‘Tin Tin’, ‘Looney Tunes’ or T.V. serials like, ‘Koffee with Karan’ or follow YouTube channels like, look who’s talking with Niranjan Iyenger. Watching English movies or serials is an engaging way to learn because the content is interesting, however they give limited exposure to grammar. 2. 3. 4. However, CultureAlley’s English App is built specifically for Hindi speakers – with grammar explanations in Hindi. 5.
Phonics Lessons Teaching English online Ever thought about teaching English online? Sylvia Guinan , online English teacher and current winner of the British Council TeachingEnglish blog award , walks us through the opportunities and pitfalls. There are many different things to consider when it comes to online teaching. The good news is that online teaching opens up new levels of creativity and opportunity for you as a teacher. Technology basics Many freelance teachers teach through Skype. Resources and content creation As for resources, the following sites have wonderful materials if you don’t feel like re-inventing the wheel. Beyond that you may wish to supplement your basic course offerings, specialise for specific purposes or simply follow your own instincts and inspiration. The importance of personal learning networks I can’t stress strongly enough how important my personal learning network has been to me. Motivating students online This depends on the context of your online teaching model. Building rapport Pitfalls to avoid
ENG1101 - English phonetics and intonation Links for the phonetics course: Phonetics/phonology: Phonetic flash: Improve your knowledge of phonetic symbols and the distinctive features of the phonemes. (Main focus on British phonemes, but useful terminology training for everybody.) From , . Reference and introduction to phonetic symbols. A Reference Glossary to Pronunciation Terms and Terminology. English pronunciation/listening: Mostly Canadian English, but useful explanations of terms and phonemes. Download phonetic fonts to your computer from the Summer Institute of Linguistics. Further phonetics links: Resource page from the . English phonetics for English students. British pronunciation English pronunciation Tip of the Day: From , . Transcribing English Words. Transcription exercises with keys. of “The North Wind and the Sun” (RP) American pronunciation American English pronunciation practice: relatively basic pronunciation practice (with sound files), and quizzes about distinguishing speech sounds. Intonation
English Grammar Online - free exercises, explanations, vocabulary, dictionary and teaching materials Introduction to phonetic transcription by Tomasz P. Szynalski © Tomasz P. With phonetic transcriptions, dictionaries tell you about the pronunciation of words. Phonetic transcriptions are usually written in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), in which each English sound has its own symbol. For example, the IPA-based phonetic transcription of the word home is hoʊm, and the transcription of come is kʌm. Phonetic transcription is usually given in brackets, like this: /hoʊm/, /kʌm/. (By the way, not all dictionaries give the pronunciations of words. Word stress When a word has many syllables, one of them is always pronounced more strongly. word stress , and we say that the syllable is stressed . Dictionaries tell you which syllable is stressed. If a word has only one syllable (examples: pen, watch), dictionaries usually do not put the ˈ stress mark before it. Some dictionaries use other systems for showing word stress. A demonstration Have a look at our demonstration of the phonetic transcription system.
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