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E-03.05 Recognize, Pronounce, Spell, & Contrast Medial & Final Consonants While Naming Actions

E-03.05 Recognize, Pronounce, Spell, & Contrast Medial & Final Consonants While Naming Actions

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Sections 8.A to 8.D (Medial & Final Consonants) of Part Three-8: Talk About People, of Pronunciation Practice (Before Speaking) pages 67-76 + 7 Answer Key Pages

10+ 7 = 17 pages  

Who It’s For: High-Beginning to Intermediate Developers of Oral-Language Skills Managing Medial & Final Consonant Sounds while Talking About People’s Activities

Why It’s Useful: Expanding on E-03.04 Part Three-8 of Beginners’ Before Speaking with Pronunciation Principles, these Pronunciation Practice sections compare most of the same consonants as those that begin words—with the additions of -ng and -x.  The formats of their explanations and exercises mirror those in E-03.02, Part Three-7 of Pronunciation Practice (Before Speaking).  Organized by Medial & Final Consonant Sounds, there are groups of (sometimes confused) words to repeat or read aloud; funny phrases and silly-sounding sentences to pronounce; sentences for which to choose between contrasting words; words to complete by filling in letters for specified sounds; and word-generating games. Checking relevant responses to those of a Pronunciation Practice (PrPr) Answer Key might enhance instruction.   

What You’ll Do: 

[1]  Section 8-A offers examples of use of ten pairs of medial & final consonants to distinguish from one another (Examples: 'STA·ble vs. 'STA·ple, re'VIEWS vs. re'FUSE, PEAS vs. PEACE, and the like).  It explains the nasal /N = ng/, Vowel Lengthening before Voiced Sounds, and possible Consonant Reductions. As text users read amusing phrases or sentences, they identify the underlined stops or continuants that differ from the other consonants.

[2]  In 8.B, they choose and pronounce correct words for each context. 8.C offers Columns with Pronunciation-Symbol headings: the words in each box call for letter-spellings to represent Consonant Sounds.  The illustrated 8-D inspires learners to “Create Words with All Consonant Sounds.”  The attached 7 pages from the Answer Key & Audioscript for Pronunciation Practice (Before Speaking) suggests even more vocabulary with the targeted sounds and sound blends. 

For more Oral Skills practice with Vocabulary, Grammar, & Language Competencies that correspond to those in PrPr (BeSp), download Parts & Pieces 03.06, which contains Before Speaking Part Three-8.

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