Teaching PronunciationTechniques, Tools, and TechnologyHeidi Laidemitt, Beth Sipler, Luke Slisz Chapter 10 Chapter 9
Tools • Tools appeal to a variety of senses • Address individual differences in learning styles • Are a source of fun in the classroom(Celce-Murica)We are going to cover some ideas from book (and more!)with new materials.• First: A Lesson incorporating Poetry/Song, Jazz Chant movements, and Gadgets and Props• Second: Ideas for Games• Third: Jokes, Riddles, Parodies, Cartoons
Songs and Poetry• chunks of language• concrete images, repetition of lyrics• easy to involve movement• clever word play (like the title of this song for today!)• word stress focus (stress patterns, prominence)• Cloze task friendly• Like conversational speech: linking (pronounce as thought groups), final consonant loss, intonation, rhythmic stressed/ unstressed patterns• draw attention to spelling and pronunciation, especially if they use rhyme schemes• Other Good sources not shown: nursery rhymes, jump rope rhymes, 80s/90s hip-hop (Run DMC), sports cheersNow on to the Bare Necessities:
Second Stanza: Stress and PausesWherever I wander / wherever I roam /I couldnt be fonder / of my big home /The bees are buzzin in the treeTo make some honey just for me /When you / look under / the rocks / and plants /And take a glance / at the fancy ants /Then may/be / try a few /
Third StanzaNow when you pick a pawpawOr a prickly pearAnd you prick a raw pawWell next time bewareDont pick the prickly pear by the pawWhen you pick a pearTry to use the clawBut you dont need to use the clawWhen you pick a pear of the big pawpawHave I given you a clue?Golly, thanks Baloo!
Jobberwocky Idea - Lewis Carroll• Have students assign stress to a poem of nonsensical words!• Practice pronunciation and language awareness o What real words sound similar? o What real words rhyme?http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html
Pronunciation Games• Competitive Team Games: Minimal-Pair Recognition Game (two teams, two colors. One color to represent 1st word spoken, 2nd color to represent second word spoken)• Various kinds of Board Games - o Values Topics (Klippel 1984) fluency activity designed for groups of up to They may land on topic or free question squares. Practice conversational moves too! o Discussion Gambit Cards - one set contans phrases, or gambits, that are used when participating in a discussion. (Appendix 22) o Hancock (1995) - mazes, jigsaws, crosswords. o Dominoes game: “Rhythm dominoes” - goal is to match 2 phrases with the same rhythmic pattern. One for phonemes, too: Vowels dominoes.
Jokes, Riddles, Parodies• Connected Speech Jokes o Hakunna Matta: “Yeah. Its our motto! / Whats a motto? / Nothing. Whats a-motto with you?”• Teach intonation of jokes through matching and making pauses. (perhaps practice reading and have students put in pauses or correct punctuation) o What key is "Exploring The Cave With No Flashlight" written in? o C sharp or B flat.• Exploring Song Parodies: http://parodyman.com/lyrics.htm• Misheard Lyrics: http://kissthisguy.com/funny.php o "Shake it like a polarbear ninja" o "Steak and a knife, steak and a knife" o "Theres a bathroom on the right"--> Write your own!--> Match misheard lyrics with actual! Or compare similarities.
Comics• Segmental Features - Minimal pair contrasts, Puns are very common.• Suprasegmental features like linking, intonation, sentence prominence, conversation representation, mishearing, etc. - My particular favorite (backside of handout)Family CircusLets identify pronunciation play in these comics. Whats goingon?
Tools Summary• Poetry/Song, Jazz Chant, which can include segmental and suprasegmental pronunciation! And movement.• Humor and invented words for play• Gadgets and Props to support visualizing sounds and invoking other senses.• Games for competition in class and to promote phonemic recognition as well as fluency.• Jokes, Riddles, Parodies, Cartoons - for language awareness; may focus on segmental and suprasegmental features.