A trick for figuring out what your tongue is doing during those tricky vowel sounds: make them with a lollipop in your mouth. You can see the stick moving in the appropriate directions as you make high and low, back and front vowels, and I find that the added weight of having something on your tongue makes you more conscious of where you’re moving it. Try it now, while the candy is on sale!
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In my first teaching job at a language school in Turkey, there was only one thing that really mattered – grammar.Students judged you by how confidently you could explain different uses of the passive voice, colleagues respected you if you knew your relative clauses, and when the DoS observed you, you would be evaluated on how well you had addressed the focal grammar point.
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