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Teaching Pronunciation: Top tips from Laura Patsko

Teaching Pronunciation: Top tips from Laura Patsko | TELT | Scoop.it
Our Senior Research Manager Laura Patsko shares the first five of her top ten tips for teaching pronunciation. 1. Make sure you teach pronunciation! First and foremost on this list of top tips: don’t be afraid of teaching pronunciation! It isn’t just a ‘nice to have’. It affects all areas of language learning – for …
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Very useful information. I especially like tips 3, 4, and 5.

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Just don't do it

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the problem isn’t women’s speech, it’s the way women’s speech is pathologized and policed
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A linguist replies to recent nonsense on women's speech, including uptalk, apologising, body language and "just"

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The Ling Space: Episodes by Topic

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A selection of episodes of The Ling Space, organized by linguistics topic.
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Bite-sized videos introducing different aspects of linguistics, from acquisition and syntax to phonology, cognitive linguistics and pragmatics.

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Linguists on Spacey's House of Cards Southern accent

Linguists on Spacey's House of Cards Southern accent | TELT | Scoop.it

"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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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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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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The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages

The Speech Accent Archive: The English Accents of People Who Speak 341 Different Languages | TELT | Scoop.it
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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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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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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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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Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca: Katy Davies & Laura Patsko

Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca: Katy Davies & Laura Patsko | TELT | Scoop.it
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Recording of British Council seminar divided into 6 short video clips on moving from native to non-native models for pronunciation in the second language classroom.  Teaching activities to diagnose problems (learner-to-learner sentence dictation), adapt coursebooks and integrate authentic materials (short clips with transcripts for marking stress and word groups).  Jennifer Jenkins references.

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A World of Englishes: Flipping phonetics

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Jane Setter: "The flipped classroom basically involves presenting what would normally be lecture content via vodcasts which the students watch ahead of the class, thus allowing more time in the actual class itself for practical work. This approach works well in the sciences where a lot of practical work is needed for students to progress, and [and it is] also suitable for phonetics, which also requires a lot of rehearsal of skills and time for class discussion of issues. 

I had wanted to try this for a while as I have been becoming increasingly concerned that the growing number of students I have in my class meant that I had less time to spend with each of them and that it was difficult to support individual student needs. Thanks to a small grant from the University of Reading's "Partnerships in Learning and Teaching" (PLanT) pilot scheme, I was able to buy some software to do video capture of my desktop which enables me to record video and audio of me narrating my way through my lecture slides. I then post these on our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, for the students to view ahead of class."

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Account of a university teaching experiment with links to teaching resources (vodcasts) and student reactions (and final test scores).

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English phonetics & phonology: Forel & Puskas, updated 2005

PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGYReader for First Year English Linguistics Claire-A.

Via Manos Koutsoukos
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60 page introduction to phonetics and phonology, including exercises.  For students of linguistics rather than EFL learners.

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Accent Tag Nation

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From Harvard to YouTube: the birth of accent tagging and what it's teaching linguists. 

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DIY sociolinguistics

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

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 4:07 AM

For working on pronunciation

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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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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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Phonetizer: transcribe British or US English into IPA

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Transcribe your text, then use a text-to-speech tool like http://www.ivona.com/en/ to hear it.

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Syllable structure matters: Jane Setter

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The thing which always surprises me - and perhaps it shouldn't - is that teachers of English from other language backgrounds often know nothing about the phonology of their own language, and so do not understand that a learner's problem with pronouncing a sound in a particular position in the syllable is unlikely to be about not being able to produce the sound per se but that the learner's language does not permit certain sounds in certain positions in the syllable. If, for example, a learner is from a Chinese language background and that language only permits a zero-coda (i.e., no consonants at the end of syllables) or only a nasal of some description in the coda, pronouncing any other consonant at the end of a syllable may be difficult, and pronouncing clusters is going to be an extreme challenge.

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Accessible discussion of syllable structure for language learning/teaching.

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Pronunciation teacher: Tom Randolph

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Different techniques for teaching pronunciation and addressing learners' problems in this area.

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