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  • 1. Do you avoid teaching pronunciation because you are not sure how to teach it? Do you avoid teaching pronunciation because you don't have the materials to teach it? Do you avoid teaching pronunciation because it seems to be difficult?
  • 2. Pronunciation involves far more than individual sounds. Word stress, sentence stress, intonation, and word linking all influence the sound of spoken English.
  • 3. • Voicing For example, /g/ is a voiced sound while /k/ is not. /d / , / f /, / l /, / m /, / n /, / s /, / sh / , / p /, / k / , / v / • Aspiration The English /p/, /t/, /k/, and /ch/ are some of the more commonly aspirated sounds. • Mouth Position Make sure all students can clearly see your mouth while you model sounds. Have students use a mirror to see their mouth, lips, and tongue while they imitate you.
  • 4. Intonation • Word or sentence intonation can be mimicked with a kazoo, or alternatively by humming. Linking • 'Will Amy go away 'Willaymeegowaway. • 'gowaway,‘  'aymeegowaway,‘ • 'Willaymeegowaway’
  • 5. Vowel Length Stretch rubber bands to show vowel length . /i:/ /I/ eat it sheep ship these this • Syllables Use pieces of papers  big papers to show word stress. Or use your students  taller students will show word stress Camera computer customer paradise Commercial pharmacy
  • 6. • Tongue twisters I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop. Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Did Peter Piper pick a peck of pickled peppers? If Peter Piper Picked a peck of pickled peppers, Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  • 7. • Jazz chants The student learns the stress, rhythm and intonation patterns by "doing" them. It's a very effective and enjoyable way to learn. I have a terrible sense of direction I never know which way to go This way or that way This way or that way I never know which way to go
  • 8. • Minimal Pairs [θ] Final teeth tea mat math path pan math map back bath match math path pass two tooth path pat bath bat man math Pack path
  • 9. •To practice any sound or stress. •'th' as in mother •'th' as in think •'f' as in fine •Divide students in two groups. The teacher says the number of syllables and students run and write any word. •Ss snap the cards that have the same number of syllables •Ss speak at the same speed of the CD. Shadow reading Syllables snap DOMINOES RUN AND WRITE