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Shadow-reading experiment

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I've recently done some research into shadow-reading and at some point I promised myself that I'd soon experiment with it a bit in the classroom.
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Interesting account of activities for practicing intonation

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poetryarchive.org

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City lilacs In crack-haunted alleys, overhangs, plots of sour earth that pass for gardens, in the space between wall and wheelie bin, where men with mobiles make urgent conversation, where bare-legged girls shiver in April winds, where a new mother stands on her doorstep and blinks at the brightness of morning, so suddenly born - in all these places the city lilacs are pushing their cones of blossom into the spring to be taken by the warm wind.
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Listen to poety and read along.  Use it for shadow-reading, to practice intonation, or to pick up vocabulary of a literary nature

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 9, 9:52 AM

Resources for listening to poetry

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The Melody of English: webinar summary

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The full title of this webinar - The Melody of English: Research and Resources for Teaching the Pragmatic Functions of Intonation - is a real mouthful and it was the very first PronSIG event that I...
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Clear and well-structured overview by Adi Rajan of a webinar by Marnie Reed and Tamara Jones, including rationale for teaching intonation in English plus teaching activities and an up-to-date reference list.

 

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Putting Prosody First: Frost & Picavet

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This paper presents some of the difficulties of teaching languages, in particular English, in the context of LSP/LAP2 programmes in French universities. The main focus of this paper will be the importance of prosody, especially in English, as an area where these difficulties may be addressed. We will outline the various solutions that are currently being put into place as part of the Innovalangues project, a six-year international language teaching and research project headed by Université Stendhal (Grenoble 3), France. The project has substantial funding from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and its mission is to develop innovative tools and measures to help LSP/LAP learners reach B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The languages concerned are English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and possibly French as a foreign language. Initially the project will be focusing on the needs of Grenoble’s students, but the objective is to make the tools and resources developed freely available to the wider community. Oral production and reception are at the heart of Innovalangues. We believe, along with many other researchers, that prosody is key to comprehension and to intelligibility (Kjellin 1999a, Kjellin 1999b, Munro and Derwing 2011, Saito 2012), particularly given the important differences between English and French prosody (Delattre 1965; Hirst and Di Cristo 1998; Frost 2011). In this paper, we will present the particular difficulties inherent in teaching English (and other foreign languages) in the context of ESP/EAP3 in French universities and some of the solutions that we are implementing through this project (Picavet et al., 2012; Picavet et al 2013; Picavet and Frost 2014). These include an e-learning platform for which various tools are being developed, teacher training seminars focusing on prosody and the collection of data for research.

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Open access journal Research in Language - De Gruyter edited in Poland.

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Innovalangues's curator insight, January 23, 5:40 AM

Open access journal Research in Language - De Gruyter edited in Poland.

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A Pron Chart Zoo

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I have joined the EVO 2015 session on pronunciation called Teaching Pronunciation Differently. It has started off very well, learning loads, for example the existence of weak vowel cousins of the s...
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More charts than you can shake a stick at ...

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For working on pronunciation

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How does mother tongue affect second language acquisition?

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A new study is exploring how a person’s native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language.

 

Annie Tremblay: [C]ues, such as intonation, are harder to master and are more likely to be influenced by a speaker’s native language. Tremblay points to English where a stressed syllable is a strong indication that a new word is beginning. But in French the opposite is true; prominent syllables tend to be at the end of words.

 

“This kind of information can’t be memorized in a language such as French. It has to be computed. And this is where second language learners struggle,” Tremblay said.

 

An example of confusion is the French phrase for cranky cat, which in French is “chat grincheux.” For a brief second, the phrase can sound like the English pronunciation for “chagrin,” a word with French origins.

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Research behind this Language Magazine article paywalled here

Differential contribution of prosodic cues in the native and non-native segmentation of French speech

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/lp.2012.3.issue-2/lp-2012-0018/lp-2012-0018.xml

 

 

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Minimal pairs - 'ELF priorities'

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It can be hard to know what to focus on when it comes to pronunciation, especially if you have a group for a short time or there's a wide range of needs. One of the great things about adopting an E...
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Lots of ideas for working on minimal pairs, with links to resources and explanations.

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Murielle Godement's curator insight, November 11, 2014 1:26 PM

Des pistes pour travailler la prononciation à adapter au primaire.

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Multicultural London English

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The speaker displays many of the features of a British accent known widely as Multicultural London English (MLE), such as producing vowels in e.g. FACE and PRICE as monophthongs, not dropping /h/ sounds (/h/-dropping is common in London accent Cockney) and pronouncing voiced dental fricatives in e.g. the as a [d].  There are glottal stops, which are less common in Afro-Caribbean or African English accents, and /l/-vocalisation. The speaker also has a more syllable-timed speech rhythm; instead of pronouncing the phrase from all walks of life as /frəm ɔːl wɔːks əv laɪf/ it sounds more like [frɒm ɔː wɔːks ɒv lɐːf], with a full vowel in each syllable.

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Jane Setter on forensic phonetic analysis of MLE

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Phonetic vs phonemic inventories

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In my first year "Sounds of Language" class, one of the things we do is look at phonetic vs phonemic inventories.
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Nice clear explanation with example

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Pronunciation of English as a lingua franca

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Thanks to everyone who joined us in London yesterday for our seminar, the last in the 2013-14 series hosted by the British Council–and thanks also to those who watched online!
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"Approximately 80% of interaction in English worldwide takes place with no native speaker present (Beneke, 1991). It is no longer realistic to assume a goal of native-like pronunciation for all learners."

 

Links to talk, slides, PDF handout with references.

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The Guess List: a study in /t/ elision

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The BBC is airing a new game show on Saturday nights hosted by the wonderful Rob Brydon and amusingly entitled The Guess List. You can read the Independent newspaper's less than glowing review of it here.
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Discussion of "perfectly legal" elision and assimilation in connected speech, with video example from Burton/Taylor in Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf.

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Identifying and practising thought groups

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This is the second in a pair of posts on the theory and practice of teaching nuclear stress for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).  The first post explained what nuclear stress is; this post will de...
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A sample lesson plan with resource included.

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Buried treasure from the BBC: Pronunciation activities

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I was hunting around the Aladdin's cave that is the BBC Learning English website and stumbled across these two gems - "Better speaking" and "First sight, second thoughts", which are both great reso...
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A little buried criticism of the BBC site here - lots of materials/resources, but not always easy to find ...

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Pronunciation theory and practice: new issue of Journal of Academic Language & Learning

Editorial

Introduction to special issue: New directions in pronunciation theory and practice

Emmaline Lear, Michael Carey, Graeme Couper

 

Research Articles

Evidence that L2 production training can enhance perception

Gary Linebaugh, Thomas Bernard Roche

 

An L1 point of reference approach to pronunciation modification: Learner-centred alternatives to ‘listen and repeat’

Michael David Carey, Arizio Sweeting, Robert Mannell

 

“The tutor never asked me questions”: Pronunciation and student positioning at university

Shem Macdonald

 

Learners’ views of social issues in pronunciation learning

John Levis

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Open access articles

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Linguists on Spacey's House of Cards Southern accent

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"I suspect that some Southerners might recognize that he doesn't sound quite right," Dr. Erik Thomas, a professor of linguistics at North Carolina State University told me. Thomas has studied Southern American English since his undergraduate years and is considered one of the pre-eminent experts on Southern accents. "The average person might not hear the difference," he added.

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Interesting dissection of the actor's southern drawl, covering vowel shift, (non-)rhoticity, and word-initial "wh"

 

And the case for Spacey's defence has already taken up the gauntlet

http://citizensociolinguistics.com/2015/03/01/frank-underwood-versus-the-accent-commandos/

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The happY vowel song: Jane Setter

Based on Pharrell Williams's song "Happy", this is a little bit of fun with English phonetics and phonology. Thanks to Tim Wharton for co-writing the lyrics ...
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And you can brush up on saga of schwi here: http://iwrotethat.quora.com/The-Saga-of-Schwi

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A Pron Chart Zoo

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I have joined the EVO 2015 session on pronunciation called Teaching Pronunciation Differently. It has started off very well, learning loads, for example the existence of weak vowel cousins of the s...
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For working on pronunciation

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More charts than you can shake a stick at ...

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GRAMMAR AND PRONUNCIATION

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Laying some myths to rest

 

"This webpage is where anyone can find the material that has nourrished our collective work and thinking on the topic of 'Grammar and Pronunciation'.

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Work by some of my first year Masters in Teaching English students: an eclectic set of links for EFL teachers in France

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Non-native accents: ELFpron activities

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This is the second post about gems of resources uncovered in the Aladdin’s cave that is the BBC Learning English website. Check out our first post for suggestions on using the BBC’s “Better speaking” series.
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Activities and (BBC) resources for EFL/ESL work with non-native pronunciation

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Get involved with a fun accents project!

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All you need to do is record yourself saying “This is how I say potato and I come from…” and post it to this website. The idea of the project is to map the different ways ‘potato’ is pronounced across the world, and it comes from the legendary David...
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The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages

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Over the years, I’ve met with several foreign speaking partners. Through conversation, I learn their language — Spanish, Korean, Japanese — and they learn mine — English.
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Please call Stella ...

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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

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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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Nice selection of different accents for awareness raising or teacher education

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

Wonderful and inspiring talks.

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This is the best programme for talks ever!!!

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Intelligibility in ELF settings: Patsko & Simpson

Interview at IATEFL of elfpron bloggers Laura Patsko and Katy Simpson.

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Brief introduction to teaching pronunciation to EFL/ESL learners whose target is English as a lingua franca (ELF) rather than a native speaker norm.

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Articulatory setting: Borissoff

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In a nutshell, your tongue's resting position is different for different languages, and if you get it into the correct position for the language you want to speak, everything else should fall into place ....

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Understanding nuclear stress

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This is the first in a pair of posts (read the second post here) on the theory and practice of teaching nuclear stress for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). This post aims to answer the following q...
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Very clear presentation, why it's important even for Lingua Franca users, and references.

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