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Teaching pronunciation to ESL adults

Teaching pronunciation to ESL adults



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  • EDUC 1724: Teaching Pronunciation American Culture & Language Institute, TESOL Certificate Program Northern Virginia Community College www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Overview • What is Pronunciation? • Pronunciation Myths • Stress, Pausing, Thought Groups, Intonation • Sounds (Phonemes) of American English • Noticing and Self Correction www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Reflection • Think about a time you either… – Couldn‟t understand what someone was saying – Couldn‟t make yourself understood. • What did you do? www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • What is Pronənsiešən? • The way in which a language, a word, or a sound is spoken aloud • Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), focuses on the rhythm of speech as a whole, not on individual sounds. • The result? Fluency and more comprehensible speech! www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Pronunciation Myths • Only native speakers can teach it. • Teachers must speak „clearly,‟ not naturally as in normal conversation. • Pronunciation is about correctly producing consonant and vowel sounds. • Accent reduction teaches you to sound like an American. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • In the past.. Teacher Students Teacher Teacher • Demonstrates proper pronunciation of individual sounds or words. • Try to imitate teacher‟s speech. • Points out errors. Asks S to “listen harder.” • Repeats steps 1-3, slower and louder each time. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Today.. Consonants & Vowels Stress, Thought Groups, Intonation, Linking • • • • • • Active Listening Noticing Monitoring Self-Correction Cultural Expectations Body Language Loudness & Pausing www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • How the Brain Works Left Hemisphere Math, Logic, Analysis Grammar Rules Sequence Right Hemisphere Music Emotions & Facial Expressions Intonation To help students move from text bound speech, use right-hemisphere activities. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Loudness • Different cultures have different expectations on what‟s appropriate. • Appropriate Loudness for English speaking culture: – Speaking too softly interferes with communication. – Speaking too loudly distorts speech. ELLs need time to comprehend. They aren‟t deaf. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Appropriate Loudness • Discuss how body language interferes with speech. • Discuss how loudness is perceived in US vs. other cultures. • Indicate when we can‟t hear = Noticing • Discuss the pitfalls of inappropriate loudness. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Pausing • The length of wait time between connected ideas/Thought Groups – Wait one clap between ideas. – Wait two claps at end punctuation. • ELLs often don‟t pause long enough or pause in the wrong places! • Result: Americans lose track of what ELLs are saying. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Pausing • Create an activity with ordinal numbers or a series of steps: – Instructions – Recipes • Help ELLs identify when and how long to pause. • Practice choral repetition of instructions with pausing. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Thought Groups • A group of words that express an idea • In writing, commas and periods mark thought groups. • In speaking, we pause slightly at commas and longer at periods. – I‟ll call you / when I finish my homework. – 202/546/7309 www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Thought Groups • Choose known, lower-level reading material, poetry, or songs. • Encourage hypothesis testing, i.e. ELLs predict thought group position, based on punctuation. • Have ELLs listen to check predictions. • Practice choral reading, pausing at thought groups. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Stress • A syllable in a word that sounds longer, louder, or changes in pitch. • Vowels receive stress. Consonants don‟t. • Often indicated with CAPITAL letters. • In English, stress carries meaning. – It‟s COLD. You NEED a COAT! www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Stress (cont.) • In natural speech… • Content Words are stressed: – nouns, main verbs, adjectives, adverbs, negatives • Function Words are unstressed or reduced: – aux verbs, prepositions, articles, pronouns www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Stress (cont.) • ELLs from syllable-timed languages put the stress on each word or syllable. – This makes ELLs sound angry, impatient, or robotic. – It makes Americans lose track of the meaning. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Stress • Count syllables in multisyllabic words. • Compare stress shift between nouns & verbs. • Practice identifying and using stress with content words in sentences. • Rubber bands and clapping. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Intonation • • • • • The change in pitch – rising or falling Yes/No Questions use rising intonation – Did you lock the door? Wh- Questions use falling intonation – What time does the bus arrive? Statements use falling intonation – I like chocolate. Choice questions use rising/falling intonation – Do you like Fall or Spring? www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Intonation • Teach intonation as in the context of an information exchange. – Asking for directions – Ordering food at a restaurant • Use kazoos to focus on the sound. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • English Phonemes • A unit of sound that distinguishes one word from another. – Rope – Leaf Robe Leave • In English speech, there are: – 24 consonant phonemes – 16 vowel phonemes www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Producing English Consonants t, d, s, z, n, l p, b, m, w ch, sh, r, y f, v k, g, x, w, ng th h www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Producing English Vowels u, ʊ i, I e, ɛ ə o, ɔ a/ɒ æ www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Producing English Diphthongs Iy ow ɛy oy ay www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Teaching Phonemes • Generally used as a repair strategy • Minimal Pairs: – die vs. tie or wed vs. wet – bit vs. beat or hoot vs. hot • Use mirrors and lollypops to aid in place of articulation identification. • Use rubber bands as kinesthetic input. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Put it into Practice • Choose one aspect of pronunciation: pausing, stress, intonation. • Choose a participatory style: pairs, choral, small group, etc. • Create and teach a 10 minute mini lesson teaching an aspect of pronunciation. www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Useful Links • IPA Pronunciation Symbols – – – http://www.learnersdictionary.com/help/faq_pron_ipa .htm http://www.antimoon.com/how/pronuncsoundsipa.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Al phabet_for_English • Color Vowel Chart – http://www.colorvowelchart.org www.nvcc.edu/workfo
  • Useful Textbooks • • • • Well Said, Linda Grant Targeting Pronunciation, Sue Miller Clear Speech from the Start, Judy Gilbert Learner English, Swan & Smith www.nvcc.edu/workfo