5 Ways To Deal With Mispronounced Words
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If you asked your students why they are learning English, some will say “to study”, some will say “for my job”, others will say “to travel”, but at the crux of all of these answers is communication. Our students want to learn English in order to be able to communicate with English-speakers in their particular situations. This is why mispronounced words is such a big issue in any English as a Foreign Language classroom.
Problems in pronunciation can very easily lead to a breakdown in communication. Listeners who cannot understand what learners are saying will assume the learner’s level of English is lower than it actually is, all because they cannot understand what they are saying.
What can we do?
As teachers it is up to us to draw our learners’ attention to any mispronounced words. We need to understand they might not even realise they are mispronouncing them. Then we need to help them understand how they are mispronouncing the words and how to pronounce them correctly. Finally, we need to allow for plenty of opportunities to practise this pronunciation.
However, not all learners make mistakes with the same words. Learners in the same class can make different pronunciation errors, even learners with the same first language. What you need to do is make a list of the most commonly mispronounced words in your class. Write these words down, give a copy to each student and stick a copy on the wall.
Now that you have a list, you need to use it, and regularly! Here are five activities you can use with this list to try to improve your students’ pronunciation.
5 Ideas to deal with mispronounced words
Each student must choose words from the list and write them in a Bingo grid. (The teacher can make copies of these for future use). Initially the teacher can call out the words for the students to cross out, but in later rounds students can take turns calling out words.
For a quick warmer activity, assign each student one of the words on the list, but make sure there are two students for each word. The students must mingle and say their word to the other students until they find their partner who has the same word.
Play hangman with the words, but instead of using letters, use sounds.
Back to the board
Arrange the students in groups so that one person in each group has their back to the board. Write one of the words from the list on the board. The other members of the group must describe the word – using any means necessary – so that the person in the hot seat can guess the word. They need to shout out the word with the correct pronunciation to be given a point. To make it more difficult, you can use more than one of the words in a sentence.
Divide the students into groups. Give the meaning of one of the words on the list. Any student who knows which word it is must shout it out. If their pronunciation is correct, their team is given a point.
All of these activities provide your students’ with opportunities to practise the pronunciation of these problematic words. During these activities, you need to monitor and make sure they are pronouncing the words correctly. If not, be sure to correct the error. Because these are all relatively short activities, play them regularly over a few weeks and when you are satisfied with their pronunciation, make a new list and do it all again!
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- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- 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.