Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Teaching American English Pronunciation by Peter Avery

Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Teaching American English Pronunciation

byPeter Avery, Susan Ehrlich

Paperback | April 1, 1992

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This is a comprehensive introduction to teaching the pronunciation of North American English. It includes an illustrated description of the sound system of English, ideas for overcoming pronunciation problems specific to fifteen different languages, and a variety of approaches and techniquesfor use in the classroom.

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Peter Avery currently teaches linguistics at the University of Toronto. He is involved in teacher training throughout the TESL Certificate programme at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada. His research interests include theoretical phonology and second language acquisition.

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Title:Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Teaching American English PronunciationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.65 × 6.5 × 0.63 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0194328155

ISBN - 13:9780194328159

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PrefaceIntroduction: Preliminary considerations in the teaching of pronunciation- Biological factors- Socio-cultural factors- Personality factors- The role of the native language- Setting realistic goalsPART ONE: The sound system of English1. Spelling and pronunciation- The English spelling system- Sound-spelling correspondences- Spelling in other languages- The phonetic alphabet- Exercises2. Individual sounds of English- How speech sounds are made- Consonants and vowelsThe description of English consonants- Place of articulation- Manner of articulation- Voicing- SummaryThe description of English vowels- Tongue height- Frontness/backness of tongue- Tenseness/laxness- Lip rounding- Phonetic symbols for vowels- Complex vowels (dipthongs)- The vowel /ar/- The consonant /h/- Semi-vowels (glides)- Exercises3. English sounds in contextPositional variation- Contrastive sounds of English- Non-contrastive sounds of English- Implications for teaching- ConclusionGrammatical endings- The regular past tense- The plural, possessive, and third person singular- Grammatical endings in the pronunciation classroom- Exercises4. The shape of English words- Syllable types- Consonant clusters- Exercises5. Word stress and vowel reduction- What is stress?- Schwa- Major and minor stress- Placement of word stress- Exercises6. Connected SpeechRhythm, sentence stress, and intonation- The stress-timed rhythm of English- Placement of stress in sentences- IntonationModifications of sounds in connected speech- The pronunciation of function words- Linking- Deletion of consonants- Assimilation- Summary- ExercisesPART TWO: The identification and correction of specific pronunciation problems Introduction7. Common pronunciation problems- English vowels- English consonants- Stress, rhythm, and intonation8. Problems of selected language groups- Arabic- Chinese- Farsi- French- German- Greek- Hindi and Punjabi- Italian- Japanese- Korean- Polish- Portuguese- Spanish- VietnamesePART THREE: Classroom activities Introduction9. A communicative approach to pronunciation teaching- Introduction- Consonants and vowels- Connected speech- Suprasegmentals- Monitoring- Conclusion10. Pronunciation syllabus design: a question of focus- The zoom principle- Assessing learner variables- Collection of speech samples- Diagnosis of speech samples- From diagnosis to syllabus design- Monitoring progress- Appendix: Student diagnostic profile11. Suprasegmentals in the pronunciation class: setting priorities- Introduction- Stress/unstress- Stress and rhythm- Major sentence stress- Intonation- Linking and pausing- Palatalization- Conclusion12. Pronunciation-based listening exercises for the multi-level class- Introduction- Minimal pairs- Stress assignment- Function words- Intonation- Conclusion13. Teaching pronunciation: an inventory of techniques- IntroductionIndividual sounds- Minimal pairs- Visual aids- Stress, rhythm, and intonation- Developing fluency- Conclusion14. Developing self-correcting and self-monitoring strategies- Introduction- Self-correction- Self-monitoring- Conclusion15. Developing natural and confident speech:- Drama techniques in the pronunciation class- Introduction- Articulation- Pitch, volume, and rate- Variety- Conclusion16. Unintelligibility and the ESL learner- Introduction- The receiver- The sender- Conclusionbr / Glossary Further reading Bibliography Contributors Index

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'This is a handy reference book for the bookshelves of any language teacher with international students.' - EL Gazette