Author: Elaine Kirn
Suitable for: Secondary Students, Young Adults, Adults
What It Is: A 144-page worktext that condenses and combines the salient features of Before Speaking and Pronunciation Practice into one volume with a cumbersome title
Why You Need It: Attempts to actually use intermediate oral-skills college textbooks or "higher-level" materials suggested they contained too much material--as well as not enough! Whether it really contributes to clearer accent in fluent speech or not, BegBeSp w/PrPr is certainly easier to download, carry around, and get through in a course.
What It Does:
precedes Before Speaking and Pronunciation Practice in level of "difficulty," enlarging and simplifying its pedagogy, instructions, and oral-skills tasks.
covers the most necessary principles of clear articulation in connected speech: Letters vs. Sounds; Simple vs. Complex Vowel Sounds & Spellings; Syllable-Stress Patterns, Rhythm, Pitch, & Intonation; Initial, Medial, & Final Consonant Sounds & Clusters. Coordinates these features with the most common notions & functions used in Talk About Things, Places, & People
teaches what language-learners need for comprehensible, meaningful speech through explanation with many examples; diagrams + visual notation of speaking patterns; illustrated vocabulary activities with grammar, phrasing, and word lists supplied; and other innovative features.
provides guided pronunciation practice through scripted Conversations that displays their lines in three forms: IPA symbols, American dictionary sound-symbols, and alphabet letters in words and sentences. In other dialogs or speech, stress and intonation are indicated with connected patterns of dots and lines. All of these are coordinated with common language functions such as:
• Asking & Giving Names & Information • Naming, Classifying, Describing, & Comparing Items • Describing Places & Locations • Getting & Giving Directions • Naming, Classifying, & Telling About People and Their Activities • Conversing Socially
inserts full pages of "Challenge Activities" for educators and/or students that want to go beyond the text in language pedagogy, skills development, and unscripted interaction and interchange in their own real-life situations
[IN DEVELOPMENT] delivers audio material in CDs or downloaded MP3 formats to be used as pronunciation models
offers additional input--as much as teachers/learners can handle--in 60 separate or included pages of Answers to Text Exercises + Suggested Responses to Conversation Activities and/or a 148-page Teachers' & Learners' Guide with Teaching & Learning Notes, AudioScripts, Answers, and Suggested Responses to Challenge Activities
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