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Phonology in English Language Teaching
An International Approach

ISBN 9780582225718
Published August 16, 1996 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

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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