3 Activities to Help Your Students with Pronunciation
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When speaking, pronunciation matters, no matter the language. Pronunciation can be the difference between comprehension and confusion on the part of the listener, so it is obviously something we want to work on in our classroom to ensure our students communicate as clearly as possible.
Which pronunciation is best?
Now this doesn’t mean that we’re saying that there is a correct way of speaking. Native speakers are notorious for having different accents and ways of pronunciation, some of which can be hard even for other native speakers to understand. There is no “correct” way of speaking and there is no one way in which all English speakers speak. However, what we are saying is that it is possible to help our learners speak as clearly as they can to avoid any miscommunication.
Here are three activities to help you do just that.
The first step to being comprehensible is to be able to produce the individual sounds of a language. English has forty-four sounds and these can cause difficulties if they are not part of the learner’s first language. One way to tackle this issue is to use minimal pair activities to bring certain problematic sounds to your learners’ attention and spend time polishing their pronunciation.
A minimal pair is a set of sounds which differ by one sound. For example:
/bɶt/ – bat
/bɅt/ – but
Practising with minimal pairs will train your learners’ ears to distinguish between the two sounds and so be able to pronounce them better. Minimal pair activities include comparing pictures which include the different sounds, and choosing the correct option from an audio of the minimal pairs.
It may sound silly but it works. If your mouth is not used to saying a certain sound, the problem may be down to mechanics. You need to teach your mouth how to pronounce a particular sound by showing it how to move in order to make the sound. This involves the lips, teeth, palate and nose. You can do this with your learners by showing them videos, demonstrating yourself, or letting them practise in front of a mirror.
International Phonetic Alphabet
Though it may seem a little confusing, the IPA is a very helpful tool when it comes to learning pronunciation. The IPA is an illustration of all the different sounds in English. There are a number of apps your learners can download to help them get to grips with the IPA. We don’t recommend teaching the entire alphabet, but rather introducing problematic sounds one at a time. Once your learners have a handle on the IPA you can bring activities which use the IPA into your classroom to help them practise making use of it.
Pronunciation is an important aspect of learning a language and should not be ignored in the EFL classroom. Using these three ideas can help you make pronunciation activities in the classroom more effective for your learners.
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- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.