An Inspiration….to be put to work!
The Wednesday 2nd February 9pm GMT #eltchat was fast and furious. Here is a summary of the main points:
Why teach pronunciation?
‘If you’re not teaching pronunciation, you’re not teaching English’
- It can help with punctuation.
- Learners are keen to work on pronunciation so that they can be understood.
- It helps with listening skills, particularly features of connected speech.
- Pronunciation, rather than grammar / vocab, is the main barrier to understanding. If learners have bad pronunciation, listeners think their English is incomprehensible even if it’s not. Can undermine SS confidence.
- Raises awareness of sounds – learners better able to distinguish between them.
- It’s fun!
What to teach
- Individual sounds (perhaps using the IPA – see below)
- Sound linking
- Connected speech (perhaps through songs)
- Weak forms (schwa)
- Voice – get them to imitate English speakers mispronouncing their L1 – gives them a feel for sounds / rhythm
- Syllable stress – highlight…
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