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Learning & Teaching the Music of Spoken English

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Spoken language is like music. Participants learn how to incorporate melody, rhythm and movement into listening-speaking lessons. Activities demonstrated include scaffolding elements of speech, capturing the hidden prosodic elements of stress, intonation, and rhythm, and enabling learners to attain the music of English. Engage your visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities! The slides tell a part of the story. The physical activities during the workshop help you learn by doing. marsha@sunburstmedia.com www.youtube.com/pronunciationdoctor

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Learning & Teaching the Music of Spoken English

  1. 1. Marsha Chan Mission College and Sunburst Media
  2. 2. LANGUAGE Syllables  Stressed syllables  Reduced syllables  Rhythm  Intonation  Thought groups  MUSIC Beats  Long notes  Short notes  Rhythm  Pitch change  Phrases 
  3. 3.  Poems  Slogans  Songs  Physical actions
  4. 4.  50-100 repetitions of a phrase generate a “feel” for the sound, grammar, meaning and usage  Repetition activates neurophysiological connections. facilitates automaticity and flexibility. promotes perception of allophonic boundaries. 5
  5. 5. For more practice, go to www.youtube.com/user/pronunciationdoctor; within Pronunciation Doctor’s Channel, search on the term “clap”. 6
  6. 6. Eng•lish  in•struc•tor  cur•ri•cu•lum  lan•guage  com•mon  com•mu•ni•ty  im•por•tant  pos•i•tive  hap•py  hap•pi•ness  li•bra•ry  li•bra•ri•an  pro•noun•ces  pro•nun•ci•a•tion  pho•no•lo•gy  pho•no•lo•gi•cal  7
  7. 7. LONG LONG LONG  Row, SHORTLONG row, row, your boat LONG SHORTLONG SHORTL––O––NG  Gently down the stream. SHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORTSHORT  Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, LONG SHORTLONG SHORTL––O––NG  Life is but a dream.
  8. 8.  Row, row, row, your boat  Gently down the stream.  Merrily,  Life merrily, merrily, merrily, is but a dream. For more practice, go to www.youtube.com/user/pronunciationdoctor; within Pronunciation Doctor’s Channel, search on the term “vowel length”.
  9. 9. EVEN RISING FALLING Tonight Tonight Tonight At ten At ten At ten For more practice, go to www.youtube.com/user/pronunciationdoctor; within Pronunciation Doctor’s Channel, search on the term “intonation”.
  10. 10.  Rising intonation: the pitch rises on the stressed syllable of the key word in a phrase.  Falling intonation: the pitch falls on the stressed syllable of the key word in a phrase. If Intonation is difficult for some people to perceive. Phrases from a popular song may help listeners anchor rising vs. falling pitch.
  11. 11.  In the song "Happy Birthday to you" the syllable birth is at a higher pitch than day, so the intonation is falling on the word birthday.  Marsha’s version of Happy Birthday helps learners practice the voiceless TH /θ/ sound. http://youtu.be/CiODBcNo9Cs
  12. 12.  In the song "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" both phrases My Country and 'Tis of Thee are rising.  http://youtu.be/zKZg_ZB4SkU
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  14. 14. LA-la Eng•lish  la-LA-la in•struc•tor  la-LA-la-la cur•ri•cu•lum  LA-la lan•guage  LA-la com•mon  la-LA-la-la com•mu•ni•ty  la-LA-la im•por•tant  LA-la-la pos•i•tive  hap•py  hap•pi•ness  li•bra•ry  li•bra•ri•an  pro•noun•ces  pro•nun•ci•a•tion  pho•no•lo•gy  pho•no•lo•gi•cal  17
  15. 15.  We’ve met before.  Pardon? I saw you at CATESOL in two thousand twelve (2012).  Right, we have met. You look familiar, too.
  16. 16. Contact information for Marsha Chan, the Pronunciation Doctor  marsha@sunburstmedia.com  www.youtube.com/PronunciationDoctor  www.linkedin.com/in/PronunciationDoctor  www.slideshare.net/purplecast  www.marshaprofdev.blogspot.com  www.sunburstmedia.com/present/present.ht ml  www.missioncollege.edu/depts/esl/faculty/c han/chan.html
  17. 17. Marsha Chan CATESOL presentations       Using Video to Flip ESL Speaking, Listening, and Pronunciation Fri 8:30-9:30 Games Employing Movement, Memory, Meaning, Mingling, Monitoring, &Communication Fri 11:00-12:00 What Language Teachers Must Know to Teach Pronunciation Fri 3:30-5:00 Teaching of Pronunciation Interest Group Networking & Business Meeting Fri 5:00-5:45 Learning and Teaching the Music of Spoken English Sat 10:1511:15 Read, Write, Listen, Speak: Projects for Integrating Language Skills Sat 2:30-3:30 Contact information        marsha@sunburstmedia.com www.youtube.com/Pronunci ationDoctor www.linkedin.com/in/Pronu nciationDoctor www.slideshare.net/purplec ast www.marshaprofdev.blogspo t.com www.sunburstmedia.com/pr esent/present.html www.missioncollege.edu/de pts/esl/faculty/chan/chan.h tml

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