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. 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
The sounds of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet © Tomasz P. Szynalski, Antimoon.com This chart contains all the sounds (phonemes) used in the English language. For each sound, it gives: The symbol from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), as used in phonetic transcriptions in modern dictionaries for English learners — that is, in A. C. To print the chart, use the printable PDF version. Does this chart list all the sounds that you can hear in British and American English? No. For example, this page does not list the regular t (heard in this pronunciation of letter) and the flap t (heard in this one) with separate symbols. So this page actually lists phonemes (groups of sounds), not individual sounds. Take the phoneme p in the above chart. Typing the phonetic symbols You won’t find phonetic symbols on your computer’s keyboard. You can use my free IPA phonetic keyboard at ipa.typeit.org. You can also use the ASCII Phonetic Alphabet, which represents IPA symbols with “normal” characters that you can type on your keyboard.
Teaching speaking - Unit 4: stress and intonation The interactive and downloadable material asks you or your trainees to think about specific pronunciation problems with stress, rhythm and intonation. You will need to match techniques to improve stress rhythm and intonation to specific pronunciation problems and try out some pronunciation activities. The videos in this series express the view that “English language teaching has the same challenges the world over”, but that the solutions to these problems depend very much on the local context, and for this reason the approach taken focuses on tasks that enable the participants to relate the video to their own specific practice and experience. Interactive tasks and videoWatch the video below. It shows Montakarn, Pathumporn, Sumalee and Supote talking about how they help students be more aware of the stress, rhythm and intonation of English. John Kay, the teacher trainer, provides commentary and advice. Task 1: Intonation, rhythm and stress ideas. Task 2: Identifying techniques.
IPA Phonetic Transcription of English Text Hi! Got an English text and want to see how to pronounce it? This online converter of English text to IPA phonetic transcription will translate your English text into its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet. Paste or type your English text in the text field above and click “Show transcription” button (or use [Ctrl+Enter] shortcut from the text input area). Features: Choose between British and American* pronunciation. *) American transcriptions are based on the open Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary. Phonetic Transcription of English Words. IPA Translator. Your browser is not supported! Start here Free Webinar "Learning English pronunciation the smart way" (26 min.) Phonetic Transcription Can Help You Improve Your English Pronunciation English pronunciation can be very confusing. This online translator allows you to convert English text to phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. If you are a native English speaker and are not familiar with International Phonetic Alphabet, you may want to choose the option Convert to phonetic spelling. This tool will serve as an English pronunciation guide and help you save time. In order to help you we created American English pronunciation video trainer. Another great way to improve your American English pronunciation is to use our American English video vocabulary builder. Homographs (words that are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings) are highlighted in light green. Highlighting High-Frequency English Words Create Vocabulary List
The psychology of accents Let's consider the accent(s) that may or may not distinguish and endear Bostonians and New Yorkers. This Brainstuff podcast considers their origins. This website shows how there are 8 significant dialects of English being spoken in North America. Warning: Lots of information here: Did you know that people with accents can experience bias based solely on the way in which they pronounce their words? In his 2016 TED Talk, Safwat Saleem shares why he keeps speaking up. An article in Scientific American - Why the Brain Doubts a Foreign Accent tries to explain that the reasons behind accent discrimination are not only a function of intolerance or racism, but that cognitive fluency compounds a speakers chances of being believed. The title of this article says it all: Why So Many Movie Villains Have British Accents Did you ever wonder why we can't really make out accents when we're listening to music?
BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips Nursery Rhymes as a Teaching Tool In my November blog post, I shared information about how speech and language developand also spoke about the importance of nursery rhymes. This month, we are going to continue the discussion about the teaching tools of nursery rhymes for young children. Sounds are one of the many teaching tools of nursery rhymes. They also teach word order, grammar, and rhythm. Each of the content words– Peter, Piper pickled, peppers, picked, and peck are repeated four times each. Little Miss Muffet Sat on a tuffet Eating her curds and whey Along came a spider Who sat down beside her And frightened Miss Muffet away In this nursery rhyme different, but at the same time early sound patterns are emphasized.