Using the webcam to develop pronunciation - EnglishUp Developing students’ pronunciation is vitally important to help them achieve a good communicative speaking level. The best time to work on pronunciation is when we first introduce new language items such as grammatical structures, vocabulary or expressions. This should ensure that they learn them from good clear models and are able to include references to pronunciation features in their notes. The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of. Find out about Aptis for Teachers Syllables on fingers When learning new words and especially longer words, students often have problems identifying how many syllables the word contains and which syllables are stressed or emphasised. Tap on the fingers as you say the syllables and lift your right hand finger to indicate the syllable which is stressed. Pointing intonation Best
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Fluency activities for lower levels Tips Provide careful preparation – give lots of vocabulary practice and language practice beforehand.Offer visual support – a grid to follow, a table to complete or a series of picture cards to hold will help students focus and remember languageHalf an hour is too long. Short ten-minute bursts are better.Plan class management – everyone has to know what they are supposed to be doing or the class breaks down. Don't rely on verbal instructions. Show them what to do – demonstrate activities for students or run through an example with a pair of students. Stem sentences Give students the first part of a sentence which they have to complete. On Sundays I usually ... Ask me more – improving conversation technique Each student writes four facts about themselves or their families/friends (guide this with your own examples). Why? One person makes a statement about their interests. A: I like cats.B: Why do you like cats? The witness – a fluency game
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