Pronunciation

Turn Words

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Many learners want to pronounce the vowel sound in learn, bird, word, nurse differently, according to the vowel spelling. But in fact, all these words share the same vowel sound. Here's a game designed to raise their awareness of this sound and its spellings.

Pronunciation Journey

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Brazilian learners often fail to make a clear distinction between pairs of words such as tax-taxi. This is because in their own language, unstressed final syllables are often so reduced that they are almost inaudible, and they transfer this to English.

Priorities in pronunciation teaching

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Speak Out 2009
In this article, guest author Ricardo Sili suggests what teachers should prioritize when teaching English pronunciation to Brazilian speakers. The article first appeared in the IATEFL pron-sig newsletter Speak Out.

A small-scale investigation into the intelligibility of the pronunciation of Brazilian intermediate students

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Speak Out 1998
Guest author Ricardo Sili reports on what features of Brazilian English cause misunderstandings in conversations with other non-native speakers of English. The article first appeared in the IATEFL pron-sig newsletter Speak Out.

Dangerous Dictation n.2

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Dangerous Dictations are puzzles which depend on word-boundary confusions. For example, 'Bow Tie' sounds exactly like 'Boat Eye', because you can't be sure whether the /t/ sound is the end of 'Boat' or the start of 'Tie'. This could lead to dictation errors. The puzzle for your students is to identify and explain the error.

Dangerous Dictation n.1

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Dangerous Dictations are puzzles which depend on word-boundary confusions. For example, 'The Great Ape' sounds exactly like 'The Grey Tape', because you can't be sure whether the /t/ sound is the end of 'Great' or the start of 'Tape'. This could lead to dictation errors. The puzzle for your students is to identify and explain the error.

Rome or Home?

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This is a pronunciation game for Brazil, focusing on the confusion between the sounds spelt by R and H, so that for example 'rat' sounds like 'hat'.

Pronunciation as a listening skill: understanding authentic English (Sweden)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 11:00 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:15
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Sweden (Gothenburg & Stockholm)
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Pronunciation is just as important for listening as for speaking. In this workshop, we looked at how to help learners to understand authentic English by focusing on pronunciation. Specifically, we looked at features of connected speech and accent. You can download the slides and handout for the talk below.

Short and Practical Pronunciation Teaching Ideas

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IATEFL Pronunciation SIG newsletter 'Speak Out'
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These are a series of practical teaching ideas which I have been contibuting to the IATEFL Pron Sig magazine 'Speak Out'. They cover a range of different pronunciation issues:
1. Contrastive stress
2. The final -s suffix - plurals, present simple, possessives
3. Consonant sounds /t/ and /d/ at the ends of words
4. Dividing text into tone units

The Word Blender

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This is an activity to raise students' awareness of the way words are modified in connected speech. In particular, it focuses on the way consonant sounds are linked, elided or assimilated.

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