Wednesday, April 02, 2008

English Sounds Worth Stressing Early ...



English Sounds Worth Stressing Early in a Child's Education (Targeted upon Korean ESL learners)



Unvoiced      th  /θ/

Think of three thick thumbs.

It's no sin to be thin.

compare: think - sink, thank - sank, thing -sing, thought - sought, thick - sick, theme - seem

math - mass, mouth - mouse, faith - face, myth - miss, path - pass, forth - force, worth - worse



Voiced      th  /ð/

Then that boy went there. 

The thing about them is that they are never thinking.

Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.



F     /f/    Unvoiced

A funny fat fish is floating by.

I want some coffee before I make a copy.

Let's go to the Philippines for our honeymoon.

compare F and P: fine - pine, fat - pat,  fun - pun, full - pull, face - pace, foot - put, feet - Pete,

compare V and B: very - berry, vane - bane, van - ban, valley - Bali



V     /v/    Voiced

It is a very heavy van.

Wave to the volleyball team.



Z
     /z/    Voiced (This is not the 'j' sound as so many Koreans have learned in school)

A zany zebra zigzagged by.



Si     /si:/

We can sit and sing on the seashore.

She sells sea shells by the seashore.

Please sit down. (Careful not to swear!) Compare: with the Korean alphabet

R     /r/

A red robin hurried by.

(Tongue placement is very important)



TS     /ts/

What's up?

It's late. Let's go.

pots, dots, pets, cats, mats, hats

DZ     /dz

The bands on her hands were gold.

Also any combination of consonant with s (e.g. backs, dogs, things, etc. . .).



L-R     /l-r/


All right. Let the ball roll.



K-L     and      K-R


What do they look like?

They are in the back row.

It's all right.

You're still wrong.

Let's call Rosa.

Let's stay up all night.
What's your nickname, again?

Don't sit in the back row. You can't see well in the back row.







Listen to the recording and mark the problem words with a pen or pencil:



Male Voice (Korean 1)



1. final consonant devoicing (bold)

2. vowel insertion (larger font)

3. th sound (underlined)

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.





Female Voice (Korean3)



Please call Stella.  Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.  We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.



Male Voice (Korean 11)



Please call Stella.  Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.  We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.



Classmate reading 1

Please call Stella.  Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.  We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.



Classmate reading 2

Please call Stella.  Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.  We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.



Classmate reading 3

Please call Stella.  Ask her to bring these things with her from the store:  Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob.  We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids.  She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.



From the Speech accent archive:

http://accent.gmu.edu/browse_language.php








Some Additional Helpful Exercises for Teachers and Students




"minimal pairs" (website has flashplayer sound files)

i:i
sheepship
heathit
eelill
receivesieve
practise: These six silly sisters are sweet to meet.


ie
tinten
Jillgel
hillhell
ill"L"
diddead
practise: Did Ed wed Liz or did Liz wed 










Mixed words to use for a quick game:

lungelunch
zooJew
thinksink
sitshit
clothesclose
verbburb
bopbob
worseworth
pullbull
rotlot
roaredlord
licerice
asas



Resources:

http://www.shiporsheep.com/



Links for English audio resources (speaking and listening):

http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/EnglishP/SpkLis/



Phonics Resources


Minimal Pairs with 'instant sound' (uses a flash player that you may need to download)
sheep - ship
caught - cot
And many more!  at http://www.shiporsheep.com/



Online pronunciation guide with American, British, Australian, Canadian and Scottish English with 'instant sound'. Also has many other 'mouse over' resources:
http://www.fonetiks.org/



Fonetiks: the sounds of spoken language
English, Spanish and German with interactive diagrams of the mouth and the sounds of native speakers:
http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Eacadtech/phonetics/
 


Some instant sound links with quizzes, games, and songs you can buy online:
Phonics: http://genkienglish.net/phonics.htm
Picture books: http://www.genkienglish.net/picturebookfoodanimals.htm



http://www.jollylearning.co.uk/
Audio files and resources to adopt a phonics program
Actions and words that go together to create an entire context of sounds and actions for your students.


http://www.songsforteaching.com/phonics.htm
Sample Songs for teaching phonics (You must pay to get the whole song)


http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Songs/alpha/a.html
Very simple songs for teaching the 'main' sound of each letter in the alphabet.



http://www.genkienglish.net/phonicsabcsong.htm



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