British Life and Culture in the UK - Woodlands Junior School Teaching English Pronunciation I've met teachers who believe "there's no point in teaching English pronunciation as it cannot be taught. Talented students pick it up - the rest don't." English coursebooks make the same point with their silence. Despite the above comments, I know from my own experience that clear pronunciation can be taught - and that when it is taught the students listening will improve too. What needs teaching? In teaching English pronunciation the students generally need work in several areas. Individual Sounds - Background Teaching English pronunciation involves a giving a lot of listening practice at the beginning. If the sound you are teaching doesn't exist in your students' language they will try to fit it into the sounds they already know. Remember that sounds and letters are different. Individual Sounds - ESL Pronunciation Activities Listen and say is the most basic pronunciation activity. Listen and slap Students - in teams - slap letters or words on the board . Word Stress How Many Words?
10 great black British films Gone Too Far!, backed by the BFI Film Fund, is in cinemas from 10 October. There are thrilling times ahead for the filmic representation of black British life: a subject matter that’s been sorely underrepresented in our national cinema. Earlier this year, Amma Asante’s 18th-century drama Belle became an international box-office success, shining a light on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed-race daughter of an African woman and a British naval captain. On 10 October, Destiny Ekaragha’s Peckham-set comedy Gone Too Far! Away from the cinema, there’s been exciting talk of Steve McQueen developing a major BBC television series that will follow a group of black British friends and their families from 1968 to 2014. 10 to try Each of the recommendations included here is available to view in the UK. So, there’s plenty to look forward to. Jemima + Johnny (1966) Director Lionel Ngakane Jemima + Johnny is available to view in BFI Mediatheques around the UK Pressure (1976) Director Horace Ové
British Life and Culture in the UK Improving your English pronunciation Here are some tips to help you improve your English pronunciation. First of all, don't worry about not having a native-English accent. It's important to be able to speak clearly, so that people can understand you. However, it's almost impossible to sound exactly like a native English speaker if you are learning English as an adult in a non-English speaking country. However, there are many things that you can do to improve your pronunciation and your speaking skills. 1. Listen to how speakers pronounce various words and phrases and "model" your pronunciation on what you hear. 2. Use the phonetic alphabet page (at the beginning of most good dictionaries) as a guide to pronouncing new words. 3. Every English word has its own stress, or intonation. Word stress is important. 4. Depending on what your first language is, you may have problems with certain sounds. 5. A useful exercise is a "minimal pair" exercise. For example, "pair" and "bear"; "pond" and "bond"; "pie" and "buy" etc. 6. Intonation
The 20 Greatest British Urban Movies Ever Urban film has really only became a staple of British cinema in the last decade, in the aftermath of the widely successful Kidulthood, which in turn followed the critical success of Bullet Boy. British urban films often feature ostracised communities (usually black) suffering through hard economic times as violence pulsates in the background, and portray ostracised people who don’t get seen in films. There are of course numerous exceptions to this but at its core, British urban cinema is about black people and the oppressions they face every day. Urban cinema originally found its home in the US in the early 90s as a wave of black directors such as Spike Lee, John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers and F Gary Gray produced numerous hits and whilst there are British urban films that pre-date movies such as Do the Right Thing, British urban cinema didn’t become a ‘thing’ until the mid-00’s.
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29 Cool Places To See Before You Die. The Coolest Natural Places. All over our country, there are natural wonders just waiting to be discovered. You don’t have to travel to far and distant lands to be overwhelmed by natural beauty. There are some things in America that you simply need to see before you die. These 29 cool places are just the start of that list. Also, you better start packing now, because each and every one of these are amazing. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) Luca Galuzzi 18.) 19.) 20.) 21.) 22.) dcrjsr 23.) 24.) 25.) 26.) 27.) 28.) It just goes to show you that you don’t need to travel far from home to see some pretty astounding things. (H/T BuzzFeed) So put some extra clothes in a duffle bag, rent a car and get ready to have the best road trip ever.
Project-based learning, the USA and Authentic Video in the EFL classroom | Elisabeth Horn The Globe Trekker/Pilot Guides video collection is a treasure trove for any English teacher. It encompasses extensive material from every corner of the world, and especially English-speaking countries are lavished with attention. Australia, Canada, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, England – you name it. Even individual cities are endowed with an approx. 50-minute complete video of its own, like London, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans to name but a few. Covering the United States satisfactorily in the language classroom is a daunting project, especially if you want to give your students more than a superficial understanding of its history, geography, language and people. To date, Globe Trekker offers a range of videos on the USA, covering practically every individual state, and, so it seems, more is coming every new season. In addition to making this initial decision, there are quite a lot of follow-up issues to consider: The route travelled in the video “Deep South”