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Stress and Unstress

Developing awareness of Stress and Unstress The issue of Stress and Unstress is raised by teacher Siham Mayaba while studying for the Trinity College Diploma.  Question: Hi Adrian: My first question is, I'm teaching a group of Arabic speaker learners and teaching word...

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The Phonetic English Joke Book

The Phonetic English Joke Book Jeremy Taylor has put together The Phonetic English Joke Book which offers 100 jokes in phonetic script followed by a 'translation' in normal spelling on the following page. Jeremy says it is not intended as a high level academic study...

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Teaching diphthongs

Teaching diphthongs How to make the Sounds of English no 28: Teaching diphthongs Here are three powerful techniques for teaching diphthongs. I call these: Sliding, Miming and Inner Imaging (See also previous post How to Make the Diphthongs of English). These three...

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How to make the diphthongs of English

How to make the diphthongs of English How to make the Sounds of English no 27: Diphthongs Diphthong: The name comes from Greek di = double, phthong = sound. You can pronounce it either /ˈdifθɒŋ/ or /ˈdipθɒŋ/. A diphthong consists of two vowels joined together by...

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Giving feedback on pronunciation

Q&A: Giving feedback on pronunciation Teacher Keava O’Brien raised an interesting question regarding giving feedback on pronunciation (while on the Trinity College Teacher Training Diploma). Question: Could you give me a little guidance on giving feedback on...

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To drill or not to drill?

To drill or not to drill? This is the question, raised by teacher Traci Dailey (while attending the Trinity College Teacher Training Diploma). She says: I've been looking a lot at different ways of integrating pronunciation into my classes.  One method I've been using...

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Assimilation or elision?

Assimilation or elision? This is the question is raised by teacher Regina Cardenes (studying for the Trinity College Diploma) I’m hoping to get help with regards to the difference between assimilation and elision. I know that assimilation is when a sound at the end of...

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Speech impairment and pronunciation

Speech impairment and pronunciation - A question asked by teacher Judy Rose (studying for the Trinity College Diploma) How far would the teacher's role extend with pronunciation when teaching a student with a speech impairment? I have noticed that one of my new...

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