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Pron madeeasy apr2015

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Presentation given on Apr. 30, 2015 at the APPI Conference in Lisbon, Portugal about _Pronunciation Made Easy for Portuguese-Speaking Learners of English_, an e-dictionary that I published in Sep. 2014.

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Pron madeeasy apr2015

  1. 1. Teresa Almeida d’Eça 30 April 2015 29th APPI Conference Lisbon, Portugal
  2. 2.  Jan. 2003  beginning of the pronunciation strategy in class  APPI 2013  introduced Pron Made Easy  was still working on it  Sep. 2014  published Pron Made Easy as a .pdf e-book
  3. 3.  Apr. 2015  website was redone  changed the look  expanded the content  included a newsletter sign-up form  launched a newsletter Please fill in the sign-up form on your desk!
  4. 4. http://teresadeca-pronmadeeasy.weebly.com/
  5. 5.  part of speaking & making yourself understood generates  intelligibility, comprehensibility contributes to  effective communication  fluid & fluent conversation
  6. 6. about "pronunciation", a neglected area of teaching & learning English "encourage students to listen to different accents and get used to non-standard pronunciations" "Pronunciation is very important to me: majority of students expressed a strong agreement"
  7. 7. How students feel  "lack of proper pronunciation training is what causes discomfort for students in real-life communication causing them to shy away from speaking with other non-native and native speakers"  "if they were better with pronunciation, they would be more confident in English (85%)"
  8. 8. Strategies students use to improve pronunciation "listening to music, watching films, series, podcasts and so on" "reading all sorts of materials in English – books, magazines, newspapers and various articles" "speaking with other people …, followed by usage of the Internet"
  9. 9. A conclusion of the paper "There is no need to strive to acquire native-like pronunciation in the era of world Englishes" “Students' Attitudes towards Learning English Pronunciation” (A White Paper by Saundz Research: 12 Jan. 2015) http://saundz.com/students-attitudes-towards-learning-english-pronunciation/ (http://goo.gl/7LuXsg)
  10. 10. "Your students will be basing their production of English sounds on the sounds they already have from their language. So it's your job to make them aware of the sounds they have to produce to sound more fluent in English." (John Kay, teacher trainer, 26 Aug. 2014: a video recorded in Indonesia http://goo.gl/Splixv)  this comment struck a chord!  I totally identified with it!  this *is* my strategy!
  11. 11.  rooted incorrect pronunciation can generate incomprehensibility (at the worst of times)  a “humorous” example of a tragic situation: a tragicomedy! http://www.tubechop.com/watch/5773508  not even the context saves this situation!  this won't happen if you use Pron Made Easy!
  12. 12. the beauty of it is…
  13. 13.  simple  intuitive  learner-friendly because…  based on familiar sounds  bridges the L1 and L2 besides  the pronunciation is partly "student-generated"… so  learners easily identify with it
  14. 14.  common sounds of the L1 are applied to the L2  a "connection" to the native language  a connection to sounds that the learners master
  15. 15.  sounds are easy to grasp  pronunciation is intuitively decoded
  16. 16.  good for self-study Using Pron Made Easy is a fun journey of discovery!
  17. 17. No! That was the big challenge! some sounds  don’t have an exact equivalent  are difficult to represent  need attention, guidance and practice end product: a code agreed on by Ss and T
  18. 18.  "a" as in cat, black = /aé/ (a softens the é) /kaét/ /blaék/  "th" as in think = /s/ by someone who lisps /think/  "th" as in the, this = kind of a soft /d/ /tha/ /thiss/
  19. 19.  "w" as in wall, where = /u/ /uól/ /uér/  "y" as in yes, your = /i/ /iéss/ /iór/
  20. 20.  most English vowel sounds have equivalent vowel and diphthong sounds in Portuguese  schwa = generalized as the "a" in "agora" bus cousin lovely /bass/ /kazin/ /laveli/  several consonants
  21. 21. ô = cold old gold /kôld/ /ôld/ /gôld/ ê = friend went /frênd/ /uênt/
  22. 22. Letters that have different sounds in different words "gh" as /f/ or silent /-/ cough, enough, plough, though, through /f/ /f/ /-/ /-/ /-/ "gh" as /g/ = ghost, spaghetti
  23. 23. Letters that have different sounds in different words different sounds of "ou" cough, enough, plough, though, through /ó/ /a/ /au/ /ou/ /u/
  24. 24. Letters that have different sounds in different words "x" as /z/ = xylophone "x" as /kss/ = excuse, explain "x" as /gz/ = auxiliary, example, exist
  25. 25. A perfect example of the lack of sense The Chaos English Pronunciation G. Nolst Trenité https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5myI9TDFDw (http://goo.gl/a2QYMO) How can anyone make sense out of all this chaos where "any similarity between spelling and sound is pure fiction"??!!
  26. 26. with a pronunciation dictionary such as Pron Made Easy Why insist on complicated pronunciation decoding when a simple dictionary can “make light out of darkness”, “turn chaos into order”?
  27. 27.  3.500 English words | pronunciation | translation  a dictionary in .pdf viewable and searchable in several e-book readers such as Adobe Acrobat, Kindle and iBooks  handy, always with you… just a click away!
  28. 28.  tables with all the sounds used and example words  videos with the main sounds and example words
  29. 29.  a newsletter
  30. 30.  updated versions with words suggested by the users  more videos on sounds  short "how to" videos showing how I started and developed this project
  31. 31. Pron Made Easy, that is the question! It's a "tried, tested and proven" strategy in class with hundreds of Portuguese students.
  32. 32. Don’t stick to the status quo when you don't believe in it! Think for yourself!
  33. 33. Dare to be different! Teach outside the box!
  34. 34. Students are our #1 priority! We know what’s best for them! Follow your intuition and feelings!
  35. 35. Give Pron Made Easy a try! See for yourself how intuitive English pronunciation becomes. Show your students a new way to "learn, practice and improve" pronunciation!
  36. 36. "bridging L1 and L2" proved to be a highly effective strategy teachers in the following levels praised my students' pronunciation Pron Made Easy will prove to be a very helpful tool!
  37. 37. Pron Made Easy http://teresadeca- pronmadeeasy.weebly.com/ E-mail teredeca@gmail.com Twitter @teresadeca
  38. 38. time for Q & A! I'll gladly answer any questions or clarify doubts.

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