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VOA Special English: read along on YouTube

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VOA Special English - karaoke-style videos where each word is highlighted in turn as the speaker reads.  This one is an agricultural report.

 

While these videos certainly support autonomous language practice, some imagination is required to make them effective for learning.  I suppose minimally a teacher would need to make sure the text was comprehensible, but I'm not sure what a good task or learning activity would look like either.

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Things to do with a mouthful of air: Jonathon Marks | Liverpool Online

Things to do with a mouthful of air: Jonathon Marks | Liverpool Online | TELT | Scoop.it

Nobody can speak without pronouncing. Pronunciation tends to be neglected by teachers, but learners often rate it as a high priority. In this workshop, we will do some practical recognition and production activities, taken from The Book of Pronunciation, designed to help learners with sounds and sound sequences, pronunciation and spelling, word stress, rhythm and intonation.

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Irresistible title for this hands-on workshop.  50 minute video.

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Evidence | Speech in Action

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Evidence No. 1: ‘It’s safer, but not completely safe.’

Murray Walker, the famous British motor racing commentator, once said in a radio interview: ‘When I consider Formula One racing now with what it was twenty years ago, it’s safer, but not completely safe.’ Click on the loudspeaker to hear all of the words he said, or click on a line to hear it on its own. (The voice is not Murray Walker’s, it’s Richard Cauldwell’s).

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Richard Cauldwell has a lot of interesting material on this website, including a new iPad app called Cool Speech.  This page has audio examples of discourse intonation (following Brazil) to help teachers and advanced learners understand intonation patterns and particularly the role of context.

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French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics

French undergraduate EFL student recommendations: listening, speaking & phonetics | TELT | 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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Student picks for self-access oral practice: the video game walkthrough was new to me ...

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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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Pronunciation

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

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Pronunciation for Young Learners

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"To celebrate the launch of Project Fourth edition, author of the pronunciation SIG journal, Robin Walker explores the place of pronunciation in the upper primary classroom. "
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Sounds of English: additional material

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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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BBC Learning English | Pronunciation Tips

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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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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, and their teachers.

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speech accent archive

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483 accents of English - audio files for the same text, male and female speakers from a variety of English-speaking countries plus non-natives.

 

Great for phonetics/phonology practice, or just demonstrating phonological variation to dispel the myth that there's one "standard" pronunciation.

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Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation

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Adrian Underhill wrote this article on using the phonemic chart to support pronunciation in the EFL/ESL classroom for the British Council's teaching English site in 2010.  Very practical suggestions for getting started and going further with phonemes and intonation without lecturing on phonetics.

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Pronunciation animations - Cambridge University Press English Language Teaching

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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.  Teacher can supplement these basic rules with additional examples and more detailed rules for pronunciation.


Via Renee Maufroid, Juergen Wagner, Teresa MacKinnon, Shona Whyte
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Practice speaking

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Tools and resources for practicing speaking and pronunciation:

- presentation guidelines

- text to speech and other audio tools

- conversation partner websites

- podcasts

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Integrating Pronunciation in ESL/EFL Classrooms

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Levis & Grant article in TESOL Journal


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An older article, but still very relevant: clear principles for integrating pronunciation teaching into communicative oral classes, and numerous examples of activities.

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To read better, improve your pronunciation?

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ELT blogger Rachel Roberts: "To read better, improve your pronunciation…. from a talk by Catherine Walter."

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According to Roberts, Walter's research suggests we "sub-vocalise and record the sound of what we are reading," and so "we would be better off teaching [learners] to improve how they ‘mentally represent spoken language’ than teaching comprehension skills."


The original article: Walter, C. (2008). Phonology in second language reading: not an optional extra.TESOL Quarterly, 42(3), 455-474. (http://www.hpu.edu/Libraries_HPU/Files/TESOL/TQD/VOL_42_3.pdf#page=102)

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

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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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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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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 21, 2012 6:40 AM

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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John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL?

John Wells's phonetic blog: what's important in intonation for EFL? | TELT | Scoop.it
Wells quotes Francis Nolan on priorities for learners:

…I will suggest that what learners need is a strategy which will optimise the pedagogical cost-benefit ratio in terms of (in order of priority) intelligibility, the avoidance of inadvertent offence, and (lowest in priority) the mastery of intonational nuances. Broadly corresponding to these three goals would be three prioritised learning targets: the mastery of accentuation (involving stress placement, rhythm, and pitch prominence achieved by a reduced inventory of pitch accents); the eradication of any L1-influenced phonetic realisations of pitch accents which might convey unintended meaning in English; and (lowest in priority) the acquisition of a more complete set of intonational pitch contrasts.
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Pronunciation Science - English pronunciation

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Articles on teaching pronunciation, including a 1964 paper by Beatrice Honikman on articulatory settings that I have found particularly helpful.

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“Focus” « Tarle Speech and Language English Pronunciation Podcast

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Short videos on how to pronounce particular words and sounds in English, focusing on difficult phonemes or contrasts.

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Phonetics: Interactive Sagittal Section

"Uses JavaScript to display sagittal sections and IPA transcriptions for articulations specified by the user."

 

Customizable vocal tract, by Daniel Hall, U Toronto

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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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Celik - Teaching English Intonation to EFL/ESL Students (TESL/TEFL)

2001 article in the Internet TESOL Journal by Mehmet Celik on English intonation, with succinct explanation of key phenomena plus bibliography.

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Free Online Pronunciation Guides with Instant Sound: English + 9 Languages

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Pronunciation guides + online dictionary for English and 9 other languages with instant mouseover sound, completely free online: pronunciation guides are provided for English (7 varieties) French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese...
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Free online Dictionary of English Pronunciation - How to Pronounce English words

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Vanessa Vaile:

"Need pronunciation help? This free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation might be just the app for you.  Type a word into search blank. When your entry appears in pink, mouse over to hear it pronounced. Create lists of up to 15 entries like this: cat; cart; cut; caught etc. There are currently 158,480 entries in the dictionary."

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5 Online (EFL/ESL) Pronunciation Resources

5 Online (EFL/ESL) Pronunciation Resources | TELT | Scoop.it

Ronaldo Lima Jr has a nice list of pronunciation resources for intermediate learners

- Sounds of American English

- Cambridge Pronunciation

- BBC Pronunciation Tips

- Cambridge English Online

- Rachel's English

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