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  • The Sound System of English Education 453:10
  • Phonology
    • The study of the sounds of language
    • Everyone speaks with an accent
    • The phonological system of a language consists of its individual speech sounds, as well as its stress, rhythm, and intonation patterns
  • Phonemes
    • The smallest unit of sound that can affect meaning in a language
    • Though the English alphabet has 26 letters, English speakers produce more than 40 sounds
  • International Phonetic Alphabet
    • Most technical books for language teachers and dictionaries use phonetic symbols to represent English sounds and to describe difficulties (Our text: p. 56, 57)
    • The International Phonetic Alphabet can be used to transcribe any language (handout)
  • Pronunciation Difficulties
    • Interference from the first language
    • The sounds of the first language are imprinted very early in the child’s development; however, most children are born with the vocal equipment to produce the sounds of any language
  • Problems in English
    • Homographs (read and read)
    • Homophones (red and read)
    • Differs from language to language
    • http:// www.btinternet.com/~ted.power/phono.html
  • Individual Sounds
    • Especially difficult sounds are th in think and its unvoiced equivalent th in then
    • Consonant clusters – spl, sks, etc.
    • Some languages have no consonant clusters; other languages use consonant clusters differently
  • Stressed and Unstressed Syllables
    • The degree of force with which a syllable is uttered
    • In English words of more than one syllable, one of the syllables is uttered with stronger stress or emphasis than others (text p. 59)
    • Stress patterns are different in other languages
  • Rhythm
    • English has a characteristic rhythm or stress pattern
    • In connected English speech the stresses or beats are spaced evenly through sentences… John speaks French….
    • Unstressed syllables are compressed or de-emphasized whereas in many languages, equal stress is placed on all the syllables in words
  • Sentence Stress
    • In an English sentence, the words that carry the most information are stressed – content words – and the less important or grammatical function or form words are unstressed
    • ESL students may have trouble understanding speech even if they recognize words in isolation… What do you mean? Next month or necks month
    • http://www2.nkfust.edu.tw/~emchen/Pron/stress_exB.htm
  • Intonation
    • English has characteristic patterns of rise and fall in pitch, and three basic levels of tone: High, Mid, and Low
    • ESL students and ELLs need focused instruction on English intonation patterns…
  • Purposes of English Intonation
    • Communicate meaning
    • Communicate emotions or moods
    • Stress for emphasis
    • http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =-toSnwSqqz0
  • Teaching Pronunciation
    • Younger children who are learning English seldom need a great deal of help with pronunciation
    • Learners older than 11 or 12 are more likely to have trouble with specific words, sounds, intonation patterns… require focused instruction
  • When to Teach Pronunciation
    • A student confuses or distorts specific sounds that may interfere with comprehension
    • Uses pronunciations that are stigmatized… tree for three
    • Distorts the pronunciation of words by stressing the wrong syllable
    • Uses inappropriate intonation
  • How to Teach Pronunciation
    • Read aloud often
    • Read the same statement several different ways
    • Books on tape
    • Language arts software
    • Choral reading
    • Minimal pairs
  • ….How to Teach Pronunciation
    • 7. Practice producing sounds
    • 8. Make up sentences
    • 9. Create posters or booklets for certain sounds
    • 10. Allow pronunciation practice
    • 11. Use pronunciation guides with older students
    • 12.Rehearse, read aloud, short passages
    • 13. Be creative…skits….
  • Basic Principle
    • Understanding of sounds precedes understanding of the written word.
  • Terminology
    • Phonological Awareness – the ability to break down speech into smaller segments
    • Phoneme – the smallest unit of sound
    • Phonics – a method of teaching reading that emphasizes the association of sounds with letters
  • Classroom Considerations
    • Phonological awareness training – teaching the sound structure of words
      • Auditory training
    • Phonics training – teaching the connection between sounds and letters
      • Training with print
  • Classroom Considerations
    • It is important to first develop oral language skills.
    • Phonological awareness skills should be taught orally without print.
    • Phonological awareness training helps children learn vocabulary and reading skills.
  • Classroom Considerations
    • Phonological awareness training improves reading, vocabulary, and syntactic skills
    • Phonological awareness training can be implemented in the classroom
    • ESL students benefit from PA training
  • Teaching Pronunciation Abroad
    • http://www.authorstream.com/presentation/Demetrio-39388-tup2007-Improve-English-Pronunciation-Five-Questions-Stress-gives-natural-rhythm-spoken-as-Education-ppt-powerpoint/