Session 7: Speaking and Pronunciation
The objectives of this session are:
- To discuss the importance of pronunciation
- To demonstrate how sound
- To introduce tutor trainees to minimal pairs
- To introduce tutor
trainees to a format for teaching
- To define different pronunciation difficulties
a learner may
- To discuss the impact of stress and intonation on meaning
- To explain
a variety of different activities to improve listening
discrimination and sound production
Overview of Session 7: Speaking and Pronunciation
- Discuss objectives.
- Show overhead, Overview of Session 7.
Reading and Pronunciation
- Write the word,
"ghoti" on the board and ask trainees
how they think
the word should be pronounced. (The correct response is
"f" sound as in rough; the
vowel sound as women.
"Ti" makes an
in words such
- You may also want to note further how different letters
combination of letters), may represent the same sound. Have
trainees read the following words from the chalkboard: to, tool,
two, threw, through, shoe and clue.
- Show overhead, Vowel Sounds and discuss how problematic
vowels can be for learners.
- Have trainees look at the chart and
tell you how many different
sounds the letter
"a" can make. (Four
are noted in the chart.)
- Write the words dumb, honest, sign and knew on the chalkboard or
- Ask trainees the following questions:
- How many sounds are in each word?
- Which letters are silent?
- Are these letters always silent? (Consider
the words rub,
hockey, rug and kite.)
- Tell trainees that some combinations of letters make only one sound.
When two vowels are next to each other, the first vowel
often has a long vowel sound and the second vowel sound
is silent. (seat, coast, paid)
- Ask them how many sounds are heard in the
words: photo, rough and eight. Which letters combined
make one sound?