Pronunciation

Rabbit in a Hat

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This rap is great for practising connected speech. Consonant to vowel links are indicated, plus one vowel to vowel link. You will also see that there are a number of /r/ /h/ minimal pairs in the rap: rat-hat, rabbit-habbit, red-head.

Squabbles

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A phrase usually have one word which is stressed more than the rest. Normally it is the last content word of the phrase. For example, the normal stress on You never help me is on help. It’s not on me because me is not a content word but a function word.

The Weather

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This chant has a waltz rhythm – each stressed syllable is separated by two unstressed syllables. The overall form of the text is a limerick. It has an unusual density of the sound /w/ - a semi-consonant created by movement of the lips.

Video: A classroom demonstration

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In this You Tube Video, Mark demonstrates a series of different classroom activities for presenting and practising the contrast between the vowel sounds in live and leave.

Practical Pronunciation Teaching

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Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 14:00
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English UK South West Conference 2019
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Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0YD
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In this practical session, I present simple tips on how to give more weight to pronunciation by exploiting the book more thoroughly and supplementing where necessary. The Pasta rap activity is here. The handout, slides and game can be downloaded below.

Mazes, Maps, Rhymes & Raps: Pronunciation Made Practical

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Friday, October 11, 2019 - 11:30
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International House Milan Annual Conference
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Centro Congressi FAST
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Thanks for coming to this talk! The empty worksheet templates and slides from the talk are downloadable at the bottom of this page. The worksheets and audio for the raps are here: The Brothers and Pasta.

Pronunciation Teaching Post-ELF

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Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:00
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SATEFL 40th Anniversary Celebration
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The Albert Hall, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, Scotland
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What is to become of pronunciation teachng in these post-ELF times? Thanks for coming to this talk. The slides can be downloaded below. The pronunciation errors diagnosis game can be found here.

The Brothers

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This chant is made up of five rhyming couplets, and it has an unusual density of TH-sounds (the hard TH in 'earth' and the soft TH in 'brother'. The hard TH is called ‘theta’, and for convenience, I’ll use that name to refer to both sounds.

Pron Probs Game

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This is a board game for use in teacher training. Players can use a dice and counter. They take turns to throw the dice and move. They should explain the pronunciation error in the sentence they land on, and match it with one of the causes in 1-5 at the top of the board.

Sound Not Spelling

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The image above is the answer key to a surprisingly tricky puzzle which requires learners to keep a clear distinction in mind between the spelling of words and the way they are pronounced.

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