Teach English in ShAhe Jiedao - Guangzhou Shi

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The unit begins by pointing out how pronunciation is a neglected aspect in English language teaching mostly due to lack of confidence in the teacher.The unit also points that an effective teacher would consider the teaching of pronunciation an integral part of the course The unit also looks at how to use intonation and stress to emphasis our speech. The unit takes a detailed look at phonology through definition (which is the study,science, analysis and classification of the physical properties of sound), intonation with the different patterns indicated; normal pattern being the rise/fall intonation and others like fall/rise pattern that indicate surprise and often disagreement but most importantly indicating that the speaker wants the person whom he is speaking to respond or confirm.There is also the flat pattern intonation which often indicates the speaker does not have have much to say or is reluctant to communicate.The unit also looks at techniques for indicating and teaching intonation via; nonesense words, by gestures, humming or singing or making marks on the board. Th e unit The unit looks at the importance of stress in a sentence to deliver differing meanings by pointing that which is stressed depends on the meaning the speaker wants to convey.Here the unit gives the rules for stressing on first , last, penultimate and ante-penultimate syllables and on compound words with examples for clarification.the unit notes that axulliary verbs in all their forms are rarely stressed except for emphasis, articles ( a,an and the ), pronouns and prepositions are normally unstressed The unit also talks about phonemic symbols seen in consonants which are voiced and unvoiced, vowels and diphthongs most which are achieved via articulation.In this regard the unit details various ways of articulating ; through velar, palatal, palatal-aveolar, aveolar, dental, labio-dental, bilabial and glottal.These are combined with manner of articulation which could be plosive, fricative, nasal, lateral, affricative and approximant to achieve proper pronunciation The unit also suggest when to teach pronunciation.Teachers could prefer to do a whole lesson, or lesson slots or taught as and when required. From this unit I have learnt to identify which syllable I should stress and how to articulate and adjust my tone to convey different meanings and message to students as well as techniques and activities that can help my students gain confidence when using English language.