strategies and techniques to teach pronunciation

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1. English pronunciation can be difficult

1.1. referring to the low level of emphasis often placed on this very important linguistic ability.

1.2. When giving a model for your students, you should focus on one pronunciation issue at a time, and choose that based on the frequency of errors you see in your students.

2. there are different techniques to help the pronunciation of English

2.1. Imitation

2.1.1. give your students the opportunity to imitate

2.1.2. Use a recording from television, radio or the internet for variety

2.1.3. bring in a guest speaker to expose your students to a different style of speech

2.2. Explanation

2.2.1. you should explain to them the biological process of making that sound. This doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it may seem.

2.2.2. to give everyone the same foundation

2.2.3. reviewing the parts of the mouth can help your students clearly understand how to make appropriate English sounds

2.2.3.1. This biological explanation of sound production will be especially helpful when teaching adults as they often like a clear and straightforward description when it comes to pronunciation.

2.3. Practice

2.3.1. practice the use of that sound or sound pattern.

2.3.1.1. You can use minimal pairs (pairs of words which differ in only one sound like mop and pop or pop and pep) to highlight one sound or phoneme that you are teaching

2.3.2. You can also teach the natural rhythm of English through songs and poetry. Try reading a limerick with your class, or have them write their own.

2.4. exaggeration

2.4.1. You must teach students the exact way they should use their mouth and tongue to produce phonemes; that is, the basic sounds of English.

2.4.1.1. You can exaggerate the round shape of your mouth to pronounce the long O in the words "boat" ("boat") and "low". Tell students how and where they should place their tongue to pronounce sounds like the combination "th" and the letter L.