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Pronunciation. Macmillan Workshop Keith Kelly keithpkelly@yahoo.co.uk. Accent Snobbism. The Proclaimers 'Throw the R away‘ “ I've been so sad Since you said my accent was bad ”. Sounding Like a Native Speaker. Kenworthy says : ‘Learners must be able to cope with linkage,

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pronunciation

Pronunciation

Macmillan Workshop

Keith Kelly

keithpkelly@yahoo.co.uk

accent snobbism
Accent Snobbism

The Proclaimers 'Throw the R away‘

“I've been so sadSince you said my accent was bad”

sounding like a native speaker
Sounding Like a Native Speaker

Kenworthysays:

‘Learners must be able to cope with linkage,

deletions, the ‘blurrings’ at the edges of

words…But they do not need to use all

these features in their own speech’. There

is a risk of learners sounding ‘false’ or

‘affected’ if they try to incorporate such

simplifications in to their speech (79).

cockney rhyming slang
Cockney rhyming slang

Listen to the recording and see how many examples of rhyming slang you can hear.

What ‘patterns’ can you identify in the transcript?

understanding native speakers
Understanding native speakers

Brownsays:

‘We must prepare a student to do without a

number of segmental clues in some parts of

the utterance and we need to be able to

show him what clues will go and what clues

he can rely on finding’, (60).

favourite words
Favourite Words

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

favourite words7
Favourite words

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  • How would you read this aloud?
  • How would you read it backwards aloud?
listener intolerance
Listener intolerance

Tench says

There is a level of ‘listener tolerance’ (19)

and the ‘threshold of intelligibility’ which our

learners must remain within to be

understood. ‘A native speaker of English is

more likely to tolerate mistakes in

consonants, vowels and word accent than in

intonation’ (96).

how can you bring this into your curriculum
How can you bring this into your curriculum?

Look for ‘patterns’ within contextualised content tasks to raise awareness

time to think
Time to Think

Dalton and Seidlhofer refer to:

Ss ‘getting into gear’ p.144 and this car

metaphor is a useful one when we think of

how we drive as a learner

country names
Country Names

New Zealand

Solomon Islands

Papua New Guinea

Algeria

Egypt

Tunisia

Senegal

Dominican Republic

Haiti

Panama

Barbados

Brazil

Paraguay

Uruguay

Germany

Finland

Hungary

Italy

Iceland

Norway

Portugal

Ireland

Switzerland

Russia

Jordan

Afghanistan

Lebanon

Australia

country names13
Country names

Prep class word stress problems

the elements
The Elements

There's antimony, arsenic, aluminum,selenium

and hydrogen and oxygen and nitrogen and rhenium

and nickel, neodymium, neptunium, germanium

and iron, americium, ruthenium, uranium

europium, zirconium, lutetium, vanadium

and lanthanum and osmium and astatine and radium

and gold and protactinium and indium and gallium

and iodine and thorium and thulium and thallium

making sounds visual
Making sounds visual

Kenworthy says

p. 43 ‘One advantage of using drama

(KK note - visual, video, gestural) activities

like these is that there is a clear

demonstration of the way intonation

interacts with gestural and lexical features,

which is often lost when only audio-taped

material is used.’

world of english
World of English

How appropriate is this

kind of recording for

teaching pronunciation?

keep sounds in chunks
Keep sounds in chunks

Kenworthy says:

that we should avoid asking

learners to produce sounds in isolation

because ‘sounds occur in syllables,

surrounded by other syllables’ … ‘it’s

actually impossible to pronounce some

sounds in isolation’ (70).

working with chunks
Working with chunks
  • I would like to buy a hamburger.

How would teach this pronunciation?

working with chunks20
Working with chunks
  • I would like to buy a hamburger.

Steve Martin as

Inspector Clouseau

working backwards
Working backwards

ger

burger

hamburger

a hamburger

buy a hamburger

to buy a hamburger

like to buy a hamburger

would like to buy a hamburger

I would like to buy a hamburger

(I'd like to buy a hamburger / like to buy a hamburger)

points to remember
Points to remember

- Try to be understood, not like the Queen!

- Try to understand!

- No sound is an island!

- Present sounds together in chunks!

- Make pronunciation visible (see it)!

- Make pronunciation physical (feel it)!

- Give students thinking time!