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E-01.08 Recognize, Pronounce, & Contrast All Vowel Sounds in Comparison & Contrast of Words of Various Parts of Speech

E-01.08 Recognize, Pronounce, & Contrast All Vowel Sounds in Comparison & Contrast of Words of Various Parts of Speech

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Sections 3.A to 3.D (All Vowels) of Part One-3: Talk About Things, of Pronunciation Practice (Before Speaking) pages 20-28 + 4 Answer Key + Tapescript Pages

 9 + 4 (13) pages 

Who It’s For: High-Beginning to Intermediate Teachers / Learners of Oral-Language Skills Wanting to Sum Up All Vowel Sounds & Spellings in Words, Phrases, & Sentences

Why It’s Useful: More compact than Part One-3 of Beginners’ Before Speaking with Pronunciation Principles, these Pronunciation Practice sections get speakers to  “Recognize & Pronounce All Vowel Sounds,” “Say & Spell Words with All Vowels,” ”Use Words with All Vowels in Sentences,” “Recognize Homophones,” and “Contrast Simple & Complex Sounds.” Comparing responses to those of a Pronunciation Practice (PrPr) Answer Key will help in teachers / learners summarize, review, and assess progress.  

What You’ll Do: 

[1]  Page 20 (re-)introduces high beginners to a 3.A “Mouth Diagram” with labels like “Front / Middle / Back,”  “Closed / Open Lips, “ “Upper / Lower Lips / Teeth, Tooth Ridge / Hard Palate / Tongue,” and so on.  It can be used in various ways for both receptive and active sound-discrimination of the 9 + 7 most distinct vowel sounds of American English: / Ï= ², E= Ç, I= Ñ, A = Ú, ¿ = ô, O = Ú, U= oo; ey = ª.  iy = Â.  ay = Ì. ow= Ü.  uw = ñ. Aw= ou.  Oy= oi  /.   

[2] In 3.B, text users get illustrated word examples to use in polishing their grasp of the  articulation and spelling of all 16 Vowels (in Contrast). It ends with Spelling Lists to complete by filling in letters for the Sounds that head its columns.

[3]  3.C offers 16 (groups of) sentences that describe pictured items. Whenever possible, there are two or three choices of words with contrasting vowel sounds (+ spellings) to circle. A Sidebar explains the concept of Homophones (words pronounced alike with dissimilar meanings that are written differently).  Along with Pronunciation pedagogy, Section 3.D provides practice in contrasting Simple with Complex Vowels in pairs.  It ends with pairs of questions that elicit contrasting answers or an amusing phrase. . . .

[4] The attached 4 pages from the Answer Key & Audioscript for Pronunciation Practice (Before Speaking) are likely to prove useful in (an extension of) Clear Pronunciation instruction and improvement, as well as motivating Vocabulary Building. The Oral Skills material that corresponds to that in PrPr (BeSp) is in Parts & Pieces 01.09, Before Speaking Part One-3. 

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