Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
During Wednesday's class we learned about stressed syllables. In every English word of more than one syllable, one syllable is the strongest. It has the most stress. This means:
- the vowel sound is longer
- the vowel sound is clearer
- the voice is a bit louder
- the pitch is a bit higher
We practiced saying multi-syllable words while focusing on longer vowel sounds in stressed syllables. We also practiced saying words while focusing on clearer vowel sounds in the stressed syllables.
We did an exercise with minimal sentences. First we practiced as a class, then we practiced this with our partners. One example was:
What's in the desert? Answer: sand
What's in the dessert? Answer: sugar
Everyone did really well with only a few problems to talk about.
Finally, we looked at acronyms. In acronyms, the final letter is stressed the most. We did a pairs exercise with a list of acronymns like BC, BBC, CNN. Then we thought of some more on our own, like YMCA, FBI and CIA.
On Thursday we will talk about schwa! Bye for now.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
- Do you like cheese on your pizza?
- Do you peel a peach before you eat it, or do you eat the skin?
- What is the most interesting thing in your city?
- Do you like dill pickles?
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
We learned the One Vowel Rule for relative vowel sounds. The rule: If there is only one vowel letter in a short word, it is pronounced with its relative vowel sound.
Like yesterday's Two Vowel Rule, the One Vowel Rule does not work 100% of the time. However, a rule that works most of the time is better than no guideline at all, no?
After some listening exercises, choral repeating and individual repeating with corrections, we had fun with a few minimal pair sentences. Then it was time to practice the sounds in a real world context.
We learned some vocabulary for one cornerstone of the Canadian cultural experience: ordering at Tim Horton's. When recently arrived Florin asked, "What's a Timbit," I was ready. We passed around napkins and enjoyed the unofficial national snack food of Canada.
We talked about the meaning of such terms as steeped tea, ham & Swiss sandwich, and regular. Lina explained to us the meaning of "double double." Annonciata said that in Tanzania, you can pick coffee beans right off the bush! Angela said you can do that in Colombia, too. Florin said Canadian coffee is weak. Coffee is stronger in Romania.
Then we worked together to group the terms by vowel sounds. Here was the result:
black, apple, ham, salad, crackers, chamomile.
egg, peppermint, English Breakfast, honey lemon.
Timbit, Swiss, chicken, stir stick, lid, cinnamon, peppermint.
hot chocolate, coffee, water.
donut, muffin, mug, double, honey.
Finally, we practiced some dialogues for ordering at Tim's. These included such phrases as "for here or to go" and "can I help who's next, please?"
We did not finish working with the dialogues, so on Thursday we will finish up those before starting the next pronunciation lesson.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Today we talked about what we will learn over the next three months. We will cover: vowels, syllables, word stress, sentence stress, linking, consonants, intonation/pitch, and relaxed speech.
In response to the feedback form we did on the last day of the last term, I will be including more material on the correspondence between spelling and pronunciation.
We will be going to the computer lab to use pronunciation software every other Tuesday beginning next week.
Computer Lab Tuesdays:
Today we learned the phonetic symbols that we will be using in this class for CONSONANTS. We went over them together orally. Then we took three minutes to memorize the difficult ones. Finally, we played two rounds of tic-tac-toe to see which team could do a better job of remembering the symbols. The O team won twice!
Here are the symbols we learned today:
|/t/||tea, stop, seat|