A common problem…/ə/ /ʌ/ or ?cup /kʌp/ but cover /kʌvə/
Any vowel can be sounded as schwaimportantmaterial
Any vowel can be sounded as schwapaperferocious
Any vowel can be sounded as schwatangible giraffe
Any vowel can be sounded as schwaintroducephonetics (but not phoneme..)
Any vowel can be sounded as schwapictureneighbour
In fact, most unstressed vowels sound like… Homer Simpson = Oo Oo
In fact, most unstressed vowels sound like…NB –this is often true but not always..Depression oOo enough oO /i/ /i/
Schwa in connected speechWhere are you going?/weərəjəgəʊɪŋ/What do you do?/wɒdəjədu:/
Learning the chartWebsites for writing it• http://www.phonemicchart.com/• or you can use your keyboardWebsites for learning it.• http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Phonetics_Focus/• http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/activities/phonemic-chart• http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phone mic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart/
Using the chart judiciouslyShowing that pronunciation isn’t as hard as itlooks! thorough /θərə/
Using the chart judiciouslyOr missing ones.. knife /naɪf/ knife
Activities for learnersCorrect the teacher 1 2 pack back poor bore row (/rəʊ/) row (/raʊ/)Ask a student to say one of the words and you point to it. If you pointto the wrong word (i.e. the student wanted to say one word but saidthe other) the student tells you, the teacher, ‘No’ and then tries again.
Activities for learnersSaying it rightOn the board write up a series of short phrases using phonemic script and askyour students to say them and work out exactly what is being said. i.e./ˌtentəˌtu (ten to two), /knaɪˌhelpˌju(Can I help you?), /ˌ :/ :/ neksˌpli:z /(Next please!) or /ˌ ɪzðeərenɪƟɪnˌtu wi:t/ (Is there anything to eat?). This :ˌkind of activity is both fun and informative. from Adrian Tennent on Onestop – http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/pronunciation-matters/pronunciation- matters-sound-reasons-for-teaching-pronunciation/155507.article
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