Pronunciation

Minimal Pairs (and that sort of thing)

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IATEFL Pronunciation Sig magazine 'Speak Out', issue 30, Sept 2003

For me, the first example that springs to mind when talking about minimal pairs is ship or sheep. This is almost certainly due to the influence of the title of the well known book Ship or Sheep by Anne Baker. The formula is this: take a word, remove one of the phonemes and replace it with another such that it forms a different word.

Pronunciation Games for Spain

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Event date: 
Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 16:15
Venue: 
ACEIA
Location: 
Sevilla
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Plus downloads
Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

We will look at 8 features of pronunciation which are of particular relevance for Spanish speaking learners of English. These will include vowels, spelling of vowels, consonants, clusters, word stress, stress patterns, tonic syllables and joined up speech. Each feature will be explained, contrasted with Spanish and demonstrated with an example game.

Three Takes on Intonation

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English Teaching Professional, issue 40, September 2005

There are three distinct aspects of intonation:
1. Separating what you say into groups of words;
2. Stressing the most important word in each of these groups;
3. Ending each group of words with the voice going up or down.

In this article, we’ll look at simple, practical ways of presenting intonation from each of these three ‘takes’ in turn.

 

Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca

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Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

Written by Robin Walker, Oxford University Press 2010
ISBN 978-0-19-442200-0 (This review first appeared in English Teaching Professional)

Connecting Pronunciation and Grammar

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Event date: 
Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 13:00
Venue: 
TESOL Spain
Location: 
Sevilla
Extra info: 
Plus downloads
Pronunciation - hancockmcdonald.com/focus/pronunciation

In this workshop, we will look at the pronunciation of grammar features including verb inflections, contractions, auxiliaries, part of speech and clause structure. We will see how the pronunciation of these features is particularly important for meaning, and can be easily integrated into course materials. We will look at ways of working on these areas of pronunciation.

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