Clear Speech from the Start Teacher s Resource and Assessment Book

Author: Judy B. Gilbert
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107604315
Release Date: 2012-08-20
Genre: Foreign Language Study

Provides students with practice in pronunciation and listening comprehension from individual sounds to stretches of continuous speech. Gives a practical approach to the intonation, stress, and rhythm of Norrh American English.

Pronunciation and Phonetics

Author: Adam Brown
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317935698
Release Date: 2014-03-26
Genre: Foreign Language Study

This engaging, succinct text is an introduction to both phonetics and phonology as applied to the teaching of pronunciation to English language learners. Section 1 selectively covers the main areas of phonetics and phonology, without going into any area in more depth than the average English language teacher requires or that the average English language teacher trainee can handle. Section 2 focuses on practical issues related to learners and how they learn languages, and what represents good practice in terms of classroom activities for pronunciation—including aspects such as targets, motivation and priorities. The chapters end with activities to help the reader understand concepts. Section 3 provides innovative sample activities which put into practice the theoretical points covered in the first two sections, answers to the various exercises, recommended further reading (both print and non-print), a glossary of technical phonetic terms, and a bibliography of works on pronunciation teaching. The text is accompanied by a Companion Website with audio recordings of model pronunciations and audio material relating to the activities.

Pronunciation Myths

Author: Linda Grant
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472035168
Release Date: 2014-02-21
Genre: Education

This volume was conceived as a "best practices" resource for pronunciation and speaking teachers in the way that Vocabulary Myths by Keith S. Folse is one for reading and vocabulary teachers. Like others in the Myths series, this book combines research with good pedagogical practices. The book opens with a Prologue by Linda Grant (author of the Well Said textbook series), which reviews the last four decades of pronunciation teaching, the differences between accent and intelligibility, the rudiments of the English sound system, and other factors related to the ways that pronunciation is learned and taught. The myths challenged in this book are: § Once you’ve been speaking a second language for years, it’s too late to change your pronunciation. (Derwing and Munro) § Pronunciation instruction is not appropriate for beginning-level learners. (Zielinski and Yates) § Pronunciation teaching has to establish in the minds of language learners a set of distinct consonant and vowel sounds. (Field) § Intonation is hard to teach. (Gilbert) § Students would make better progress if they just practiced more. (Grant) § Accent reduction and pronunciation instruction are the same thing. (Thomson) § Teacher training programs provide adequate preparation in how to teach pronunciation (Murphy). The book concludes with an Epilogue by Donna M. Brinton, who synthesizes some of the best practices explored in the volume.

Pronunciation Fundamentals

Author: Tracey M. Derwing
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
ISBN: 9789027268594
Release Date: 2015-07-15
Genre: Foreign Language Study

The emergence of empirical approaches to L2 pronunciation research and teaching is a powerful fourth wave in the history of the field. Authored by two leading proponents of evidence-based instruction, this volume surveys both foundational and cutting-edge empirical work and pinpoints its ramifications for pedagogy. The authors begin by tracing the history of pronunciation instruction and explicating L2 phonetic learning processes. Subsequent chapters explore the themes, strengths, and ethical problems of the field through the lens of the intelligibility principle. The importance of error gravity, and the need for assessment and individualized instruction are highlighted, and the role of L2 accents in social contexts is probed. Material readily available elsewhere has been omitted in favour of an emphasis on the how, why, and when of pronunciation instruction. Anyone with an interest in L2 pronunciation–especially graduate students, language teachers, and experienced researchers–will find much value in this indispensible resource.

Der Wissenschaftswahn

Author: Rupert Sheldrake
Publisher: O.W. Barth eBook
ISBN: 9783426416211
Release Date: 2012-09-03
Genre: Science

Lässt sich die Welt rein mechanistisch erklären? Kommt unser Bewusstsein wirklich aus dem Gehirn? Der berühmte Biologe Rupert Sheldrake beweist in seinem provozierenden neuen Werk, dass das materialistische Weltbild nicht mehr haltbar ist. Er zeigt anhand von zehn Dogmen, dass die meisten Forscher an Vorstellungen festhalten, die längst überholt sind. Sheldrake fordert ein neues, grenzüberschreitendes Denken und plädiert für mehr Offenheit und Neugier in den Naturwissenschaften. "Sheldrake ist ein herausragender Wissenschaftler. Er gehört zu jenen echten, visionären Entdeckern, die in früheren Zeiten neue Kontinente fanden." New Scientist