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How Arabic Influences Pronunciation of English


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When we learn to speak another language, we must acquire some new sounds and strategies. We may also have to reset how and when we employ stress and timing. These slides will accompany a webinar conversation between Peggy Tharpe, M.A. TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Professor Hala Fawzi's CALL class at Yanbu University College, Saudi Arabia, on teaching methods and strategies that help Arabic speakers adjust their sound in English.

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How Arabic Influences Pronunciation of English

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  2. 2. How Does Arabic Influence Pronunciation of English ?
  3. 3. Where do we speak from?
  4. 4. ? ?
  5. 5. Which is Arabic and which is English?
  6. 6. How do their “building materials” compare?
  7. 7. Consonants American English 12-18 Standard Arabic 3:3 + 2 American English 20 Standard Arabic 27-28 Vowels
  8. 8. Which of the following is Arabic? Which is English?
  9. 9. A major difference that affects the sound and flow of the two languages is…
  10. 10. Arabic consonants rule! writing k t b Writer ka ttaa b Letter mak too b he writes it yak tu buh
  11. 11. HOWEVER
  12. 12. English vowels rule! bike bake book buck beak back Bic balk Bach
  13. 13. Another difference that affects flow is where we break…
  14. 14. Arabic Breaks in sound can occur within words and between words glottal stops
  15. 15. ENGLISH Breaks mostly to establish phrasing liaisons are usually syntactic connections
  16. 16. L1 stress patterns persist because of lack of awareness
  17. 17. Do Lebanese, Tunisians, Algerians, and Jordanians have fewer pronunciation problems than other Arabic speakers? Saudi: p/b Egyptian: th/s
  18. 18. coat, cot, caught, cut How can we help learners become aware of these? How do we help students truly acquire them?
  19. 19. g-dz ʧ h vowel +r th-t-d ŋ What works best to master unfamiliar sounds?
  20. 20. Why do these words get shortened? raid > red hope > hop
  21. 21. prove - proof pad - bad lag - lack How can we help students learn to differentiate these sounds?
  22. 22. Bill Clinton Beel Cleentone Pronouncing English Names
  23. 23. arrangid - arranged istobbid - stopped iskool - school Why does this happen, and what’s the solution?
  24. 24. The answers are here! Available on
  25. 25. Much of this slidedeck is from an online presentation given to Dr. Hala’s Educational Technology students at Yanbu University College, Yanbu, Saudi Arabia in February 2014. For more information: Dr. Hala’s class page