ISBN 9780521706124,Pronunciation Practice Activites : A Resource Book For Teaching English Pronunciation

Pronunciation Practice Activites : A Resource Book For Teaching English Pronunciation



Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780521706124

ISBN-10 0521706122

Paper Back

Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)

English language teaching

This is a resource book for teachers looking for ideas on making pronunciation teaching more interesting. It contains a collection of pronunciation practice activities for a wide range of levels, using a variety of methods.
Divided into two parts, the first part introduces information about phonetics and phonology as background to the teaching activities, without being overwhelming. It also highlights some of the current areas of debate and discussion in the teaching and learning of English pronunciation.
The second part of the book contains nearly 100 pronunciation activities divided into eight sections: Developing awareness; Sounds; Connected speech: Syllables and stress; Intonation; Pronunciation and spelling,grammar and vocabulary; Testing and Resources for pronunciation teaching. Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of demonstration aids such as rubber bands and kazoos to highlight the sounds and patterns, making pronunciation lessons fun. The book is packaged with an audio CD with material to support the activities.
Part 1. Background:
A What is pronunciation?
B Key issues in pronunciation teaching and learning
Part 2.Activities:
1 Developing awareness of English pronunciation:
1.1 Introducing features of pronunciation,
1.2 Getting you thinking: A pronunciation questionnaire,
1.3 Making vowel sounds,
1.4 Consonant clusters: English and L1 differences,
1.5 Comparing slow and quick speech,
1.6 Sounding English,
1.7 Pronouncing names in English,
1.8 Pronouncing places, products and planets,
1.9 Impersonations,
1.10 Intonation in print
2 Sounds: vowels, consonants and consonant clusters:
A Vowels:
2.1 Matching vowel sounds: A family tree,
2.2 Finding words including the same vowel sound: Word routes,
2.3 Hearing and saying differences between vowels and between consonants: Minimal pairs,
2.4Communicating with single vowel sounds,
2.5 Classifying wordsaccording to their first vowel
B Consonants:
2.6 Who lives where? Minimal pair names,
2.7 Lip-reading,
2.8 Classifying words according to their first consonant,
2.9 Getting rid of unwanted vowels
C Consonants clusters,
2.10 Word chains,
2.11 Definitions quiz,
2.12 Consonant cluster towers
3 Connected speech:
A Links between words:
3.1 Matching adjectives and nouns: consonant to vowel links,
3.2 Changing sounds: consonant to consonant links,
3.3 Predict the linking sounds: vowels linked with /j/ ('y') and /w/,
3.4 Matching opposites and words that go together: vowels linked with /r/
B Contracted forms:
3.5 Dialogues,
3.6 Talking about families,
3.7 Comparing speech and writing
C Weak and strong forms of grammar words,
3.8 Comparing weak and strong forms,
3.9 Predicting weak and strong forms,
3.10 Listening to weak forms
D Leaving out sounds:
3.11 Leaving out consonants: /t/ and /d/ in clusters,
3.12 Leaving out vowels in words
4 Syllables, word stress, and stress in phrases:
A Syllables:
4.1 How many syllables?,
4.2 The same or different number of syllables?,
4.3 Eliminating words
B Word stress:
4.4 Demonstrating syllable length,
4.5 Matching words with their stress patterns,
4.6 Group the words,
4.7 Country names,
4.8 At the supermarket,
4.9 Stress patterns in '-ty' and '-teen' numbers (1): Bingo,
4.10 Stress patterns in '-ty' and '-teen' numbers (2): Talking about accommodation,
4.11 Stress in noun - verb pair,
4.12 Rules of word stress in two-syllable nouns, adjectives and verbs
C Stress and word formation:
4.13 Rules of word stress: prefixes and suffixes,
4.14 Suffixes and word stress: words ending -ian,
4.15 Suffixes and word stress: words ending -ic and -ical,
4.16 Stress in phrasal verbs and related nouns,
4. 17 Rules of stress in compound nouns
D Stress in phrases:
4.18 Same or different stress patterns?,
4.19 Find your partners,
4.20 Stress shift in nationality words,
4.21 Stress shift in compounds
5 Intonation
A Prominence: highlighting words and syllables:
5.1 Introducing prominent and non-prominent words: James Bond,
5.2 Hearing and saying prominent words: They're on the table,
5.3 Prominence contrasts within words: stalactites and stalagmites
B Tone units and tonic placement:
5.4 Dividing speech into tone units,
5.5 Tonic word placement: At ten to seven, or ten to eight?
C Tones:
5.6 Choosing tones: Fall or rise?,
5.7 Tone choice in questions,
5.8 Falling and falling-rising tones: Reservation,
5.9 'News' and 'not news': correcting
6 Pronunciation and other parts of language: spelling, grammar and vocabulary:A Pronunciation and spelling:
6.1 Grouping English alphabet letters,
6.2 Pronouncing single vowel letters (1),
6.3 Pronouncing single vowel letters (2),
6.4 Pronouncing pairs of vowel letters: OU, OA, OE, OI, OO,
6.5 Pronouncing consonant letters: C and G,
6.6 Pronouncing consonant pairs: PH, CH, SH, and GH,
6.7 Homographs: a row about rowing?
B Pronunciation and grammar:
6.8 Pronouncing -s in plurals, verbs and possessives,
6.9 Pronouncing -ed in past tense verbs:
C Pronunciation and vocabulary,
6.10 Classifying words,
6.11 Odd one out,
6.12 Problem pronunciations
7 Testing pronunciation:
7.1 General evaluation of pronunciation,
7.2 Diagnosing particular problems,
7.3 Testing vowels and consonants,
7.4 Testing weak and contracted forms,
7.5 Testing word stress,
7.6 Testing prominence,
8 Resources for pronunciation teaching
A Using a dictionary:
8.1 Finding out about word stress,
8.2 Finding out about secondary stress: shifting stress:
B Using phonetic symbols:
8.3 Finding out about sounds,
8.4 Relating sounds and symbols,
8.5 Transcribing words
C Using authentic material:
8.6 'Knock-knock' jokes,
8.7 Tongue twisters,
8.8 Limericks,
8.9 Poems with features of connected speech,
8.10 Short texts showing features of pronunciation
Web-based resource
Appendix 1 Key to phonetic symbols
Appendix 2 Common pronunciation problems
Appendix 3 Initial consonant clusters in English
Appendix 4 Some rules of word stress