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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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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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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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22 Great Posts For Language Learners from 2012 | The Everyday Language Learner

Aaron G Myers presents an annotated list of posts language learning bloggers which he found inspirational in 2012.

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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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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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Introduction to phonetics: University of Lausanne

Introduction to phonetics: University of Lausanne | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

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

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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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The sounds of English | Primlangues

The sounds of English | Primlangues | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it


Quelques sites avec des vidéos, des fichiers sons et des exercices interactifs proposés par Primlangues pour améliorer la prononciation des sons anglais par les enseignants du primaire.  L'incontournable BBC Learning English est cité, et pour la prononciation Phonetics Focus de Cambridge Online ainsi que le site Sounds of American English de l'Université de l'Iowa.

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Phonetics: The Sounds of English- The University of Iowa

Phonetics: The Sounds of English- The University of Iowa | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

Like to know the rules?  Some learners benefit from understanding the system that underlies the language they are learning.  This resource combines audio, video and flash animation to demonstrate the pronunciation of particular sounds of English.

 

Select one of the different types of Consonant (stops [p-t-k, b-d-g], fricatives [f-v, th-th, s-z, sh-ge], affricates [ch-dg], nasals [m-n-ng], liquids [l, r], or glides [w, y]) or Vowel (monophthongs [a, i, u etc], or - more likely for English - diphthongs [ai, ei, ou, au]).

 

You can learn the symbols if you like, but it's perhaps more useful to try to spot patterns and perhaps notice words or sounds you tend to mispronounce.  Like many learning activities, best used little and often, rather than in a long session which is likely to prove confusing.

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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.

Shona Whyte's insight:

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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eflinks - Speaking

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The Maria Markaki EFL school in Crete has this list of speaking resources for learners, including phonetics/phonology, tips for learners, and classroom speaking activities.

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