Author(s): Adam Brown
This engaging, succinct text is an introduction to both phonetics and phonology as applied to the teaching of pronunciation to English language learners. Section 1 selectively covers the main areas of phonetics and phonology, without going into any area in more depth than the average English language teacher requires or that the average English language teacher trainee can handle. Section 2 focuses on practical issues related to learners and how they learn languages, and what represents good practice in terms of classroom activities for pronunciation-including aspects such as targets, motivation and priorities. The chapters end with activities to help the reader understand concepts. Section 3 provides innovative sample activities which put into practice the theoretical points covered in the first two sections, answers to the various exercises, recommended further reading (both print and non-print), a glossary of technical phonetic terms, and a bibliography of works on pronunciation teaching. The text is accompanied by a Companion Website with audio recordings of model pronunciations and audio material relating to the activities.
Adam Brown is Head (International Business), Senior lecturer and research committee member, Centre for Research in International Education (CRIE), AIS St Helens, Auckland, New Zealand.
Contents Symbols for English Sounds Preface Section I: Phonetics 1: Introduction 2: Accents of English worldwide 3: Airstreams and the vocal cords 4: Cardinal vowels 5: Vowels 6: The vocal organs and consonant classification 7: Plosives and nasals 8: Fricatives and affricates 9: Approximants 10: Non-English sounds 11: Syllable structure 12: Phonemes 13: Accent differences 14: Phonology 15: Weakening and linking 16: Assimilation and elision 17: Connected speech processes 18: Pausing and speed 19: Word stress 20: Tone groups 21: Tones 22: Rhythm 23: Voice quality Section II: Pronunciation Teaching 24: Targets 25: Integration 26: The effectiveness of pronunciation teaching 27: Motivation and affect 28: Fossilization 29: First language influence 30: Importance 31: Spelling: History 32: Spelling: Literacy 33: Nonverbal communication 34: Listening 35: Testing Section III: Sample Exercises Sample exercises Answers to exercises Resources Glossary References