English Listening Lesson on
 Pronunciation

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THE LESSON ON PRONUNCIATION

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Pronunciation is a funny thing. What pronunciation do you study? In England there are a hundred different accents but textbooks only teach one. What use is that? Actually, English teaching textbooks are pretty bad at teaching pronunciation. Look how many exercises there are – very few. And most of the exercises only teach one tiny point of pronunciation – word stress. And they don’t even show that the stress on a word changes in different sentences. I think pronunciation is very interesting. I wish all teachers used the phonemic symbols in every class. At least students could then improve their pronunciation with their dictionary. The most important thing about pronunciation is intonation, but few teachers teach this.





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THE ACTIVITIES

LISTENING GAP FILL

Pronunciation _________________. What pronunciation do you study? In England there are a hundred different accents but textbooks _________________. What use is that? Actually, English teaching ___________________ bad at teaching pronunciation. Look how many exercises there are – very few. And ___________________ only teach one tiny point of pronunciation – word stress. And they don’t _________________ stress on a word changes in different sentences. I think pronunciation is very interesting. I _________________ used the phonemic symbols in every class. At least students could then improve their pronunciation _________________. The most important thing about pronunciation is intonation, _________________ teach this.




CORRECT THE SPELLING

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UNJUMBLE THE WORDS

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DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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STUDENT PRONUNCIATION SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about pronunciation in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

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WRITING

Write about pronunciation for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET INFO: Search the Internet and find more information about pronunciation. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about pronunciation. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. PRONUNCIATION POSTER Make a poster about pronunciation. Show it to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your posters.

5. MY PRONUNCIATION LESSON: Make your own English lesson on pronunciation. Make sure there is a good mix of things to do. Find some good online activities. Teach the class / another group when you have finished.

6. ONLINE SHARING: Use your blog, wiki, Facebook page, MySpace page, Twitter stream, Del-icio-us / StumbleUpon account, or any other social media tool to get opinions on pronunciation. Share your findings with the class.

ANSWERS

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