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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

TED talks: beyond coursebook accents | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
Do you ever use TED talks in your classes? This nonprofit organisation, with the tagline ‘Ideas worth spreading’, is a great place to find interesting authentic audio.
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Shona Whyte's curator insight, June 16, 2014 9:15 AM

Nice selection of different accents for awareness raising or teacher education

Nedi Silveira's curator insight, September 28, 2014 12:59 AM

Wonderful and inspiring talks.

Ramon Gomes's curator insight, November 22, 2014 7:29 PM

This is the best programme for talks ever!!!

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French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources

French EFL students' choice: listening, speaking & pronunciation resources | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

LISTENING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.esl-lab.com

Multiple choice comprehension questions on graded audio recordings of scripted dialogues, plus vocabulary and grammar exercises.

 

http://listenaminute.com

60 second recordings of scripted monologues, with gap-fill, spelling, and discussion exercises.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/

Huge range of listening (audio, video) and pronunciation (transcription) resources with learning activities.

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/media/spelling-challenge-v2/

Oxford dictionaries spelling challenge: type each word you hear to see how well you can spell

 

http://www.cdlponline.org

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

 

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

 

http://tinytexts.wordpress.com

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

 

http://www.eslradioandtv.com/

Scripted audio and video clips with optional captions and comprehension questions.

 

http://www.lyricstraining.com/

Fill in the blanks as you listen to and watch music videos.

 

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/video/blog/

The US Public Broadcasting Service features a daily video news report with transcript and discussion questions.

 

EXTENSIVE LISTENING

 

http://www.webofstories.com/

Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

 

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

 

http://audioliterate.com/

Streaming and downloadable free audiobooks

 

http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/

Fairy stories and classic books to listen to and read online or via podcast.

 

http://www.chockadoc.com/nostradamus-2012/

Over one thousand full-length documentaries in English on a variety of topics.

 

SPEAKING ACTIVITIES

 

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.

 

 

Live audio/video chat

http://www.practicespeakingaforeignlanguage.com

http://www.twinvox.com

https://www.verbling.com (chat with native speakers)

http://livemocha.com: Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).

 

 

 

PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION

 

http://www.cambridge.org/other_files/Flash_apps/Pronunciation/

The phonemic chart plus sounds, stress and intonation exercises.  

NB: This site uses a variation on IPA (/e/ instead of /ɛ/; length markings; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet_chart_for_English_dialects)

 

http://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/english/frameset.html

The Sounds of American English: articulatory phonetics of vowels and consonants with animation, video and transcription

 

 

 

 

 

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My second year English majors found more listening than speaking activities, but some daring individuals tried out a number of free live audio/video chat sites designed for language learning.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 9:42 AM

What university students in France choose to work on for a complementary self-study assignment in an introductory class on phonetics for pronunciation skills.

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Pronunciation

English Sounds Pronunciation Chart based on an original idea and design by Paul Seligson and Carmen Dolz elt.oup.com
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Click to listen to English vowels and consonants, and see the transcription (though not IPA).

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Sounds of English: additional material

Sounds of English: additional material | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Sounds of English provides an introduction to the attributes of the sound system of the language.  It provides information on phonetics, phonology, and orthography.  

 

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Drew Ward has 7 pages on articulation and different categories of consonant.

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Olaf Husby's curator insight, February 5, 2015 6:46 PM

Det er jo masse stoff om engelsk på nettet, her er et av tilbudene.

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BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips

BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Alex Bellem explains in this short video why it's useful for language learners to learn the phonetic (phonemic) symbols for the sounds of a language like English.

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English phonemic transcription

"Phonology practice using the international phonetic alphabet for English language learners and teachers" by Ted Power.  

 

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Many links to places to learn about English pronunciation and practice with vowels and consonants.  Some quite old sites, but useful practice in transcription and phonetics nonetheless.

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Itzel Chavez S.'s curator insight, May 9, 2015 9:47 AM

Many exercises for matching the transcription to the words. Practicing these exercises will help you improve your understanding of the sounds vs the words as they are spelled. 

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Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching

Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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This site has animations with sound to help learners with sounds (diphthongs), stress (word and sentence stress), and intonation (rising and falling intonation).  It also has phonemic charts for English vowels and consonants - click on the symbol to hear the sound.

 

Useful for even beginning learners, and a good resource for checking general rules (e.g., word stress) and the phonemic inventory of English.


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IPA transcription systems for English

Webpage created in 2001 by John Wells with an overview of the IPA for English and some discussion of other systems.

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English vowels: UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive

You can listen to the different vowel sounds of American English (heed, hayed, hid ...) by different speakers recorded in the 1960s and 1970s.  Helpful for learning to differentiate similar vowels for listening/speaking, or for phonetics.

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Plosives: a tutorial with diagrams and audio

Plosives: a tutorial with diagrams and audio | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

University College London tutorial showing the place of articulation for English stops (/b/, /k/ etc) with British English sound files.

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Phonetic exercises: English Consonants and Vowels

These online exercises accompany chapters on phonetics and phonology in The Linguistic Structure of Modern English (Brinton & Brinton, Benjamins).

 

Learn about English consonants and vowels, and practice transcribing and reading phonetic transcription.

 

For intermediate and advanced learners.

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Pronunciation: phonetics, transcription, text-to-speech

Pronunciation: phonetics, transcription, text-to-speech | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

A dozen tools for pronunciation and phonetics: dictionaries, phonetic charts, speech archive, text-to-speech, collected on Meaki by Nik Peachey.

 

Nice to have it all together on one page.

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Interactive Phonemic Chart | Onestopenglish

Interactive Phonemic Chart | Onestopenglish | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Adrian Underhill's Interactive Phonemic Chart! This excellent teaching tool can be played full-screen and gives clear audio examples of the English phoneme set."

 

There's a mobile app to go with it.

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Identify stressed syllables | ESOL Nexus

Identify stressed syllables | ESOL Nexus | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Listen to the audio. While you listen, read the following information:

 

In natural, spoken English, we don’t pronounce each syllable with the same emphasis (word stress) 

                     

For example:       'guarantee'  

In a phrase, we also have a mixture of weak and strong stress sounds:                       

For example:      ‘a single to Leeds’                                      

                            ‘turn left at the lights’

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Pronunciation practice from the British Council.

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French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics

French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

LISTENING

 

http://www.talkenglish.com/Listening/ListenAdvanced.aspx

Scripted dialogues with multiple choice questions and scripts.

 

http://www.cdlponline.org

Texts read aloud followed by vocabulary practice with audio and comprehension questions

 

http://www.simpleenglishvideos.com

Watch movie trailers with clickable transcripts allowing you to jump to a particular place in the trailer.

 

http://tinytexts.wordpress.com

Native speakers read short texts aloud, which listeners can follow onscreen or

print a PDF with a gap-fill exercise.  There are also vocabulary definitions.

 

http://www.rivieraradio.mc/home.asp

English-language radio based in Monaco - listen online or at 106.5

 

http://www.webofstories.com/

Video clips under 10 minutes featuring famous and ordinary individuals interviewed on all sorts of topics.  (You also have the option of videorecording and uploading your own story.)

 

http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

Listen online or download mp3 files to hear novels chapter by chapter.  LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, Paul Auster's The Red Notebook, and Dickens' Great Expectations were favourites.

 

video game walkthroughs

Gamers record screencasts of themselves playing a game and post the video to YouTube.

One student recommends Amnesia White Night (Morfar; strong language and mildly violent/disturbing warning)

http://youtu.be/Vt_y5VE0JiQ

 

SPEAKING

 

http://www.englishcentral.com/videos#!/index

2 minute video extracts with optional subtitles, followed by vocabulary practice (type the word you hear, check native pronunciation with clickable phonetic symbols; repeat a word into your mic and get immediate feedback).  Share on Facebook.

 

https://www.verbling.com/

Live audio or video chat with native speakers.

 

http://livemocha.com/

Live text, audio or video chat with other learners of English.  You can also record a video role-play for feedback from a native speaker (but only once without paying).

 

 

PHONETICS & PRONUNCIATION

 

http://pronunciationcoach.com/

Short explanations and advice for hearing and producing English sounds.

 

http://englishonthe.net/?s=shadow+reading

Advice on a technique for improving pronunciation by reading along with a scripted recording.

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These are the websites my third year phonetics students mentioned most frequently during their final oral exams this week.  

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 5:20 AM

Student picks for self-access oral practice: the video game walkthrough was new to me ...

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Understanding How We Learn: Phonetics

Understanding How We Learn: Phonetics | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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Phonetics quizzes: names of actors transcribed phonemically for you to identify.


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Sounds of English: pronunciation of American English

Sounds of English: pronunciation of American English | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

"Sounds of English is a website designed for learners of English and their teachers. It combines material made by both Sharon Widmayer and Holly Gray."  Last updated 2010.

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English Pronunciation resources: Okanagan University College

English Pronunciation resources: Okanagan University College | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Thirteen lessons on English phonemes and phonemic contrasts with mp3 files, PDFs and answer keys.

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Fonetik

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Ten lessons on the phonetics of French for English-speaking learners, which is also relevant to French learners of English, 

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Phonetics and phonology: Online Resources

Ronaldo Lima Jr's list of online resources for teaching and learning English phonetics and phonology:

 

- student activities

- dictionaries

- IPA

- directories of recorded speech

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Introduction to phonetics: University of Lausanne

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An online course in phonetics (IPA, consonants, vowels) with text, diagrams and some embedded audio files.

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The International Phonetic Alphabet - Audio Illustrations

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Interactive IPA charts with illustrative sound files from the University of Victoria.

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Online phonetics resources

Jennifer Smith at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill  collected this list of "websites that could be appropriate for use in an introductory phonetics course."

 

Whole courses, vocal tract diagrams, practice and tutorials.

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An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

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Robert Mannell, Felicity Cox, Jonathon Harrington and Michael Carey in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University created this online resource to support topics in phonetics and phonology in 2009.

 

There are concise presentations on

- phonetics (speech production, vowels systems)

- transcription (IPA, transcription of Australian English)

- phonology (phonemes, feet, distinctive features).

 

Much will be too technical for the average language learner, but may be suitable in support of phonetics/phonology courses and for pre-service teachers.

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EnglishwithStacy - Pronunciation on YouTube

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Stacy Hagen, US teacher, trainer and materials writer has a collection of pronunciation videos for learners at different proficiency levels.  She she demonstrates individual sounds or aspects of English intonation with examples and supporting text.

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