Integrating Pronunciation Into Your EFL Lessons
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Pronunciation matters, we know this. Yet for most of us pronunciation does not feature hugely in our EFL lessons. Sure if we discover our students making particular pronunciation errors during the lessons we will stop and deal with them. Other than that, though, we are happy to deal with pronunciation issues as they come up. After all, we’ve got important things like grammar and vocabulary to deal with. However, we should consider integrating pronunciation since it it vital for communication.
Teaching English is all about communication and pronunciation is a major part of that. If our students have trouble with pronunciation then they have problems with communication – it’s as simple as that.
How to tackle integrating pronunciation issues in the EFL classroom
There are three steps involved in deciding how to tackle pronunciation issues. Firstly, you need to identify and define the error. Is it a problematic sound? A stress issue? Intonation? This will also involve deciding whether or not the problem would be problematic in communication.
Secondly, can the students identify the error? Usually students are not even aware they are making a pronunciation error. If this is the case there is no way we can expect them to correct it. We need to draw their attention to it and ensure they realise where the problem is.
Next, try understand why the mistake is being made. Is it because of their first language? Is it a physical problem? Is it because they don’t know how to pronounce a sound?
Finally, you need to decide how to address this problem in the classroom. Thinking of ways to deal with pronunciation issues will depend on your students and the nature of the pronunciation error. The key here, though, is that you come up with activities which deal with the issue in-depth and extensively. You should not just deal with the issue quickly as it comes up in class.
Ways of integrating pronunciation into your EFL lessons
Bearing all this in mind, here are a few ideas for integratrating pronunciation into your lessons:
- Predict pronunciation errors
With experience you should be able to predict certain errors certain students will make with language. Consider this during your lesson planning so that you can prepare appropriate activities beforehand.
- Plan appropriately
Don’t forget about pronunciation in your planning. If you are teaching vocabulary with problematic sounds or a dialogue which depends on stress and intonation, plan applicable activities.
- Every little helps
You don’t need to dedicate an entire lesson to one aspect of pronunciation. Instead, plan short but frequent activities to include in your lessons.
- Keep it real
Use real-world language examples and authentic language to illustrate the pronunciation issue at hand. This will make it more understandable for your students.
- Revise revise revise
Just like any other language point, pronunciation needs to be revised again and again.
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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.