Pronunciation

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

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 11:45
Venue: 
IATEFL Poland
Location: 
Wroclaw
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Pronunciation is not only about the mouth, but also the ears. And, with English being a global language, the ears must learn to be flexible in order to make sense of all those varieties of spoken English out there. This session is about helping learners to deal with this variety.

Sentence Search

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This is a pronunciation game focusing on sentence stress patterns. In particular, it aims to raise awareness that pronouns and possessives are not normally stressed. If your students stress them my mistake, the listener will look for a contrastive meaning.

Listening Maze

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Words such as 'hard' and 'heart' are distinguished by the final consonant being voiced or devoiced (but note that the vowel sound is affected, so that it is longer before the voiced consonant eg in 'hard').

Dangerous Dictation no.3

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The sign should of course read "No dogs allowed". But since what's actually on the sign is a perfect phrasal homophone, a transcriber is perfectly entitled to write it either way. Notice what this shows us about the pronunciation of "are" as nothing more than a schwa.

Mark in Sweden

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Mark's talking about pronunciation as a listening skill at two events in Sweden in August, organized by the book distributor Utbildningsstaden. Details here.

Pronunciation Games for Brazil

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 09:30
Venue: 
Braz-tesol
Location: 
Rio de Janeiro
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In this workshop, we present a syllabus of 8 features of English pronunciation of relevance for Brazlian learners. Each of the 8 points are explained and illustrated with a pronunciation game. You can download the handout and the slide show for the talk below. The full instructions for most of the games can be found in the materials section of this site.

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.

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