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Phonology in English Language Teaching

An International Approach, 1st Edition

By Martha C. Pennington


300 pages

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Phonology in English Language Teaching is an introductory text, specifically directed at the needs of language teachers internationally. Combining an overview of English phonology with structured practical guidance, this text shows how phonology can be applied in the classroom.

An introductory chapter provides the philosophical framework, followed by separate chapters on the phonology of consonants, vowels and prosody. As well as presenting core material on English phonology, the book explores the relationship of orthography to the English sound system from a historical and a present-day perspective. The final chapter focuses on lesson design and provides practical advice to teachers on diagnosing and responding to students' pronunciation difficulties.

As central themes, the book examines English seen from the perspective of international usage and considers the relationship of phonology to communication and the broader language curriculum. Consistent with its practical and communicative orientation each chapter concludes with pedagogical exercises and ideas for classroom and community research projects.

Table of Contents


To the Reader

1. Introduction to phonology in language teaching

Phonology in the context of language teaching

Language varieties and English

Perception and production of speech

The effect of linguistic context on pronunciation

Introductory activities

Introductory teaching ideas

2 Consonants

Charactersitics of consonants

The system of English consonants

Positional variation

Regional and social variation

Consonants activities

Teaching ideas for consonants

3 Vowels

Charactersitics of vowels

The system of English vowels

Positional variation

Regional and social variation

Vowels activities

Teaching ideas for vowels

4 Prosody

The components of prosody

The marking of prosodic units


Voive quality

A prosodic continuum

Prosody activities

Teaching ideas for prosody

5 Phonology and orthography

Connecting written and spoken language in language learning

Historical and presnt-day patterns in English orthography

Relating orthography to pronunciation in the language lesson

Orthography activities

Teaching ideas for orthograpy

6 Pronunciation in the language curriculum

A place for phonology in the language classroom

Lesson design for phonology

An international approach to pronunciation in the language curriculum

Curriculum activities

Appendix A: Hierarchical analysis of student pronunciation

Appendix B: Pedagogical classification of pronunciation errors and problems

Appendix C: Sample unit plan for teaching the /r/-/l/



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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General