How To Teach Pronunciation To Your TEFL Class
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Many people think that if you can speak English you can teach English as a Foreign Language, which is almost like saying if you drink merlot you know how to make wine. Teaching English requires a much deeper knowledge of English than just being able to use and understand the language, especially when you consider that you need to teach not only vocabulary and grammar, but also the skills involved in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Pronunciation is one aspect of the language which is often overlooked but is important to be considered when teaching as it is involved in both speaking and listening. Pronunciation is not the easiest aspect of a language to teach so it can be quite tricky for teachers to get to grips with.
Techniques for teaching pronunciation in the TEFL classroom
Luckily, if you have taken an internationally recognised TEFL course you should be familiar with the various techniques used for teaching pronunciation in the TEFL classroom. But if you haven’t, here are a few of our favourite ideas.
First of all, the key to teaching pronunciation is to teach it on an ad hoc basis. There is no need to dedicate an entire hour-long lesson to teaching pronunciation. Instead, keep an ear out for specific pronunciation problems your students are having and plan a short activity to deal with it. With a bit of experience, you should be able to anticipate what problems your students will have in terms of pronunciation based on their first language.
Pronunciation activities should be short, but they should also be fun. Though they need to include a certain amount of drilling in order to ensure the correct pronunciation is being learnt, they need to be entertaining and enjoyable to maintain interest in what could easily be a dry topic. Pronunciation games are a great way to practise problematic pronunciation while still maintaining a sense of fun.
Great games to teach pronunciation as a TEFL teacher
Pronunciation Bingo: Create bingo boards with words with similar, problematic sounds (hit, heat, tree, three) which the students will need to identify accurately in order to win the game. Alternatively, if your students are familiar with the IPA, bingo boards can be created with only the phonemes which they must identify from words you read out.
Odd One Out: Write a set of words on the board which all have the same sound, except one (boat, sew, low, clock). In teams, the students must identify which is the odd one out; in other words, which is the word with the sound that is different to all the others. If you do a few sets, this can be done as a race.
Memory Game: Make cards with pairs of words that rhyme. Give a set to each group of students. Students take turns turning over two cards to try and find a matching set – a pair that rhymes (hat, bat; mouth, south). If they make a pair they can keep the cards, but if the words don’t rhyme they must turn them over and let another student try.
These are just three easy games you can use to teach pronunciation in your TEFL class. There are many more – you can even find interactive games online which will be suitable for the classroom. Just remember, little and often is the key to teaching pronunciation.
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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.