Teaching Pronunciation: A Reference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages / Edition 1

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This thorough book, drawing on theory and practice, offers a comprehensive treatment of pronunciation pedagogy. Teaching Pronunciation offers current and prospective teachers of English a comprehensive treatment of pronunciation pedagogy, drawing on current theory and practice. An overview of teaching issues from the perspective of different methodologies and second language acquisition research is provided. It has a thorough grounding in the sound system of North American English, and contains insights into how this sound system intersects with listening, morphology, and spelling. It also contains diagnostic tools, assessment measures, and suggestions for syllabus design. Follow-up exercises guide teachers in developing a range of classroom activities within a communicative framework.

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'This book deserves to become the bible and workshop manual of teachers of American English.' IATEFL SIG 'Speak Out' Jan 99
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521406949
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 447
  • Product dimensions: 7.99 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

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Pt. I Pronunciation Instruction in Perspective 1
Ch. 1 The History and Scope of Pronunciation Teaching 2
Ch. 2 Research on the Teaching and Acquisition of Pronunciation Skills 14
Pt. II The Sound System of North American English: An Overview 35
Ch. 3 The Consonant System 37
Ch. 4 The Vowel System 93
Ch. 5 Stress, Rhythm, and Adjustments in Connected Speech 131
Ch. 6 Prominence and Intonation in Discourse 175
Pt. III Intersections of the Sound System with Other Areas of Language 221
Ch. 7 The Sound System and Listening 222
Ch. 8 The Sound System and Grammar: Inflectional Morphology and Parts of Speech 247
Ch. 9 The Sound System and Orthography 269
Pt. IV Issues in Implementation 289
Ch. 10 New Directions in the Teaching of Pronunciation 290
Ch. 11 Pronunciation in the Language Curriculum 319
Ch. 12 Testing and Evaluation 341
Appendix 1 Differences Between NAE (North American English) and British English 363
Appendix 2 Comparison of Phonetic and Phonemic Alphabets 371
Appendix 3 Positional Occurrence of NAE Consonants 373
Appendix 4 English Syllable Structure 375
Appendix 5 Distribution of Vowels Before Nasal Consonants 376
Appendix 6 Commonly Reduced Function Words 377
Appendix 7 Constraints on Contraction and Blending 380
Appendix 8 Irregular Verbs in English 382
Appendix 9 Tense-Lax Vowel Alternations in Stressed Syllables of Base Forms and Derived Words 387
Appendix 10 Consonant Letter-Sound Correspondences and Variations (including digraphs) 389
Appendix 11 Systematic Differences in British and American Spelling 395
Appendix 12 Profile Questionnaire Used at UCLA 396
Appendix 13 Diagnostic Passage and Accent Checklist 398
Appendix 14 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines for Speaking 400
Appendix 15 Speech Intelligibility/Communicability Index for Describing Speech and Evaluating Its Impact on Communication 403
Appendix 16 Speaking Performance Scale for UCLA Oral Proficiency Test for Nonnative TAs 404
Appendix 17 Self-Evaluation Form: Interview Role Plays 405
Bibliography 407
Answer Key for "On the Cassette" Exercises 420
Author Index 427
Subject Index 429
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