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Pronunciation with Colors - Learning 2gether


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Pronunciation with Colors - Learning 2gether

  1. 1. JudyThompson Learning2gether May 22, 2014
  2. 2. An international organization of pattern thinkers with simple solutions for the challenges of learning and teaching English Come from the place of what is always true vs. endless details and exceptions.
  3. 3.  Teresa Almeida d’Eca –Webhead L1 – L2  Rita Baker –The Global Approach  Jennifer England – Business English  JuditTarczy –Vocabulary building – games  PeggyTharpe – AmericanAccent Coach  JudyThompson – Speaking Made Simple
  4. 4. Here is the big problem with English. Letters don’t represent sounds. No one knows what words sound like from reading them: blue through you who two do few shoe due boo
  5. 5. 1. A short History of English showing speaking as a different language than writing 2. The English Phonetic Alphabet using colors 1. Consonants – sounds that stop 2. Vowels – sounds that stretch 3. Take away pronunciation tools teachers and students can use anywhere
  6. 6. 40 sounds 26 letters
  7. 7.  English speaking is completely separate from English writing  The history provides context for students and their education so far  It is not their fault that their speaking has not gone as well as they’d hoped We have a clean slate – a fresh start for a new approach
  8. 8.  We are at zero  What we put in place now is a model for how speaking works in all situations  Students can use this framework outside of class, independent of teacher support for ever and ever
  9. 9. There are 40 sounds in English 24 consonant sounds 16 vowel sounds 40 ▪ Consonant sounds STOP ▪ Vowel sounds s t r e t c h ALWAYS attach new information to things students already know
  10. 10. Explain the notation slash brackets /makes the sound/ This is a dog. – it makes the sound /woof/ This is a d - it makes the sound /d/ 11
  11. 11. 18 familiar b, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, y, z /b/ /d/ /f/ /g/ /h/ /j/ /k/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /p/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /v/ /w/ /y/ /z/ 6 new Sh, Ch, TH, Th, Ng, Zh /Sh/ /Ch/ /TH/ /Th/ /Ng/ /Zh/  Capital letters mean two symbols – one sound
  12. 12. _ b _ d _ f g h _ j k l m n _ p _ r s t _ v w _y z /Sh/ - shoe, sugar, nation, machine* /Ch/ - church, cello, picture /TH/ - thing, thank, both, teeth /Th/ - the, them, these, mother, brother /Ng/ - singing, pink /Zh/ - Asia, garage, usual,Taj Mahal (*Transformation)
  13. 13. Old Friends Ol’ Frenz We walked and talked, we wakt an takt And talked and walked. an takt an wakt Walked and talked, wakt an takt Talked and walked. takt an wakt We sat in a garden, we sat in a gardn And looked at the flowers. an lookt at the flowerz We talked and talked, we takt an takt For hours and hours. for ourz an ourz (*Transformation)
  14. 14.  The first thing people learn in a new language is the names of the colors  Inside the names of 16 common colors in English are the 16 vowel sounds of English  Students learn the colors of words and crazy English spelling is no longer a barrier to confident speaking
  15. 15. Can you think of other words with the sound /Ay/?
  16. 16. (*Transformation)
  17. 17. Think of other words with the sound /a/ Turn the card around
  18. 18.  Students understand the most important feature of English organically – you just wake it up in them  English is a stress-based language  The stressed syllable determines the color of the word  Every word in English is a color BAnana is not a word Neither is banaNA The word is baNAna There are no variations. banana is a Black word
  19. 19.  It is one of the colors on theThompsonVowel Chart  Every word in English is somewhere on that chart!  *Transformation FYI If the word-stress isn’t right, a native English speaker can’t guess what is being said
  20. 20. Old Friends Ol’ Frenz We walked and talked we wokt an tokt And talked and walked an tokt an wokt Walked and talked wokt an tokt Talked and walked tokt an wokt
  21. 21.  Every word in English is a color  English is a stress-based language – if someone can’t understand word stress is the problem not ‘accent’  Accents don’t matter – everyone has an accent – only word stress matters Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary app
  22. 22. The other four tools we did not talk about today are:  Content words carry message – grammar doesn’t  Linking – all spoken words start with consonants  Expressions – English is idiomatic  Body Language – non-verbal is 80% of the message It was my goal to show you a new way of looking at Spoken English and how to teach it using colors. You should also know there is a full range of materials on this process that are available if you are interested
  23. 23. JudyThompson 2554The Grange Sideroad Caledon, Ontario Canada Email: Skype: judycaledon Follow us onTwitter @ judyisblue