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Efl Listening Week9

Efl Listening Week9

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How To Improve Your Pronunciation
Pronouncing
every
word correctly leads to poor pronunciation!Good pronunciation comes from stressing the right words - thisis because English is a
time-stressed
language. More info onstresshereHere's How:
Learn the following rules concerning pronunciation.
1.English is considered a stressed language while many otherlanguages are considered syllabic.
2.
In other languages, such as French or Italian, each syllablereceives equal importance (there is stress, but each syllablehas its own length). Korean?3.English pronunciation focuses on specific stressed wordswhile quickly gliding over the other, non-stressed, words.
4.
Stressed words are considered
content words
: Nouns e.g.kitchen, Peter - (most) principle verbs e.g. visit, construct -Adjectives e.g. beautiful, interesting - Adverbs e.g. often,carefully
5.
Non-stressed words are considered
function words
:Determiners e.g. the, a - Auxiliary verbs e.g. am, were -Prepositions e.g. before, of - Conjunctions e.g. but, and -Pronouns e.g. they, she
6.
Read the following sentence aloud:
The beautiful Mountainappeared transfixed in the distance.
7.
Read the following sentence aloud:
He can come onSundays as long as he doesn't have to do any homework inthe evening
.8.Notice that the first sentence actually takes about the sametime to speak well!9.Even though the second sentence is approximately 30%longer than the first, the sentences take the same time tospeak. This is because there are 5 stressed words in eachsentence.
10 minute Activity
 
10.Write down a few sentences, or take a few examplesentences from a book or exercise.11.First underline the stressed words, then read aloud focusingon stressing the underlined words and gliding over the non-stressed words.
12.
 You might be surprised at how quickly your pronunciationimproves! By focusing on stressed words, non-stressedwords and syllables take on their more muted nature.13.When listening to native speakers, focus on how thosespeakers stress certain words and begin to copy this
English Pronunciation Practice Exercises 2Content or Function?
First, you need to be able to immediately distinguish betweencontent and function words. Write down 'C' for content and 'F'for function. When you have finished click on the arrow to see if you have answered correctly.
Example:
 
magazine (C) as (F) many (F)
1.
for
--
2.
information
--
3.
in order to
--
4.
difficult
--
5.
much
--
6.
exacting
--
7.
in front of 
--
8.
 Jack
--
9.
he
--
10.
however
--
Which Words?
 
Next, take a look at the sentences and mark the words thatshould be stressed. Once you have decided, click on the arrowto see if you have chosen the correct words.
Example:
 
 Jack (yes)went (yes)to the shop(yes)to grab(yes) some coke(yes).
1.
Unfortunately, Jack wasn't able to finish on time.
--
2.
As soon as he has collected the results he will post them tohis website.
--
3.
Peter bought shoes today.
--
4.
 There should have been some replies by now.
--
5.Knowledge creates opportunities where none have existedbefore.
--
Notice how some of the shorter sentences actually have morestressed words than the longer ones (2 compared to 3). Theseshorter sentences can often take longer to speak than longersentences with many function words!!!
The Music of English
English is a very rhythmic language because of this tendency toaccent only certain words. For this reason, you should practiceusing your ear as much as possible. Often repeating spokenEnglish without looking at the written sentence can also helpyou learn this 'music' of the language. Click on the audiosymbol below to listen to five sentences. Each sentence will berepeated three times with gaps in-between so that you can tryrepeating the sentences yourself. If you need some help,hereare the sentenceswhich you can listen to and read whileworking on this exercise. 
Helping Yourself 

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