How To Teach Pronunciation
This video explains in detail how to teach pronunciation including useful examples.
Hi! I am Deborah and I am from Greater London Tutors, and I teach foreign languages and English as second language and today, I am going to give you some tips on how to teach. Pronunciation is very important for a language because that's what really helps you be understood by other people. If you got poor pronunciation, it's very difficult for people to understand what we are saying.
Now, pronunciation really must cut confused with accents, for example you can have an accent but still say the word incorrectly. Say for example, being from the south of England, I say 'par' and if am from the north, I say 'pa'. Now, it is still very clear what am saying and so really pronunciation is important when it really interferes with meaning.
So a classic example of a problem with pronunciation is 'in', 'and,' on' which a lot of student have. So for example, 'sheep', so we know an elongated 'e' is sheep, a lot of English language students might say 'ship' and obviously, the fact of talking about ship, we are going to be thinking of the thing that you see out at sea. So it's very important in, when you teach pronunciation, to teach the individual sounds and to emphasize that in English, the verb sound are very important.
A lot often students tumble upon. So for example if I would be teaching the difference between 'ship' and 'sheep', for 'ship', I would say 'ip', 'ip', 'ip'. I would make the student say very quickly 'ship', side clap, 'ship'.
So they know it's very quick. Now, the 'sheep', I would exaggerate. It's so useful exaggerating.
So for example, I could do a slow clap 'sheeep', 'sheeep' or a really cheesy smile, 'i', 'she' and nod away so that students can distinguish between 'a' and 'e'. I mean, obviously there are lots of different sounds but anyway, the major distinguished between would really help your student. Another very useful tip is to get them to watch themselves.
So a lot of my students find it very difficult to distinguish between 'f' and 'th'. So for example, 'fairy', and 'throws', certain might say 'frow', instead of 'throw' and now, the best way of teaching 'th', is to literally stick to get your talent. So 'th' and it feels really silly to do like that but it will help them a lot often to give them miracle attack and I get them to watch themselves, sticking out that talent and so through and then like that, when they say 'fairy', and when they 'f' I got them to bite, it's type of lip 'fairy'.
So it's all exaggerating but after, it does not really stay on their mind. Another good way of working pronunciation is the classic tongue twister. So, Sells Sea Shells on the Seashore.
You got to repeat tongue twisters. It's not really nuisance to the tongue, but then obviously, you need to pretend some tests. It's very good to do listening with pronunciation .
So for example, you might play a listening that has 'ship' and then 'sheep' and 'ship' or 'sheep' and have to tick the correct one. So that always helps them and then it is also very important when you teach pronunciation, to also teach your student the important fact that in English, something can be spelled differently but pronounced the same way. An example would be 'sun' and 'son'.
So really the tips for teaching pronunciation are to teach your students the rules that sometimes words are spelled differently but they have the same pronunciation and then teaching sounds. Some sounds are long, double 'e', so 'ee' and 'i', 'i'. and really see facial expression and exaggerating because that's using muscles and activate the student memory if they can associate it with muscle movement.
So for example 'throw' that associates it with 'frew' that stick out of tongue. So that might help to pronounce 'throw' correctly. So those are my top tips to teach pronunciation. .