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Speaking a foreing language ? What do we need before that ?. Paolo Iotti. Look, read & Guess . My new car is a…. My new car is quite expensive. It ’s a Ferrari Modena 360. It ’s a Ford Focus. You can’t guess it unless…. My new car is quite expensive. It’s a Ferrari Modena 360.

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look read guess my new car is a
Look, read & Guess. Mynewcarisa…
  • My new car is quite expensive.
  • It’s a Ferrari Modena 360
  • It’s a Ford Focus
  • You can’t guessitunless…
slide3

My new car is quite expensive.

    • It’s a Ferrari Modena 360
  • Mynewcarisquiteexpensive.
    • It’s a Ford Focus
  • You can’t guessitunless YOU HEAR IT!
where is she from
Whereisshefrom?
  • This is Laurette Taylor.

She is a French teacher.

She teaches in Ashbourne,

Derbyshire, UK.

  • Laurette Taylor was born in France:
    • true or false?
  • You can’t answerthisquestionunless…
you hear it
… youhearit!
  • This is Laurette Taylor.

She is a French teacher.

She teaches in Ashbourne,

Derbyshire, UK.

  • Laurette Taylor was born in France:
    • trueor false?
intonation
intonation
  • What’s your name? My name’s Val.
  • Open your books! Close your books!
  • Good morning! What are you doing?
  • Thank you very much.
stress it right
Stress it right.
  • EXAMPLE SENTENCE: "I\'m not going".
  • "I‘mnot going": meaning [1] = Not "ME", but perhaps "YOU", "SHE" or "HE".
  • "I\'m not going": meaning [2] = I reFUSE to go.
  • "I\'m not going": meaning [3] = I\'m not GOing... I\'m COMing BACK!
  • Janet\'s going to Brighton tomorrow afternoon to buy herself a pair of red, leather shoes
speaking a foreign language listening a foreign language
Speaking a foreign language?Listening a foreign language!

"You can only speak a foreign language well if you can hear it properly.

That is, if you can distinguish the sounds, rhythms and music of the language."Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis

listening
Listening…
  • The human ear is designed to pick up a wide range of sound frequencies and perceive an infinite number of rhythms, but in practice, most of us can only recognise the sounds and rhythms of our mother tongue. In every part of the world, in every nation, people hear in different ways and this affects our ability to learn each other’s languages.
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The French use

  • a range of sound
  • frequencies
  • between 1,000
  • And 2,000 Hertz,
  • the English
  • cover 4 octaves
  • Between 2,000 Hz
  • and 12,000 Hz
  • and the Slavs,
  • known
  • for their gift with
  • languages,
  • hear and
  • express
  • themselves over
  • eleven octaves.
slide11

Most of us

can only

recognise

the

sounds and

rhythms

of

our mother

tongue.

slide12

In every part

of the world,

in every

nation,

people hear in different ways and this affects our ability to learn each other’s languages

slide13
The French use a

range of sound

frequencies

between 1,000 and

2,000 Hertz,

the English

cover 4 octaves

between 2,000 Hz

and 12,000 Hz

and the Slavs,

known for their gift

with languages,

hear and express

themselves over

eleven octaves.

the organ of corti our inner body s microphone
The Organ of Corti: our inner body’s microphone
  • Constant exposure to an environment pour in high frequencies makes the muscles in the middle ear become “out of condition”, so that high frequencies cannot enter into the inner ear.
  • We can restore our hearing (and thus our voice), by (re)training the muscles on the inner ear.
  • But how can we train the smallest muscles in our body?
different sounds different pronunciation
Different sounds, different pronunciation
  • When our ears cannot hear certain sounds, our voice does not contain them either
  • If we modify the hearing, the voice changes immediately
  • It is possible to improve the usage of our auditory channel:
    • (re)training the muscles on the inner ear
    • providing high frequencies
to improve the usage of our auditory channel
… to improve the usage of our auditory channel....
  • A singing voice provides a high charge of acute frequencies, between 800 and 10,000 Hz (12.000 Hz), perceived by the singer by means of transmission via bone vibrations.
  • Singing is a primordial source of cortical stimuli.
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