By Penny Ur

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2. Examples. Were enough examples provided of the structure in a meaningful context? Are you sure the students understood their meanings? 3. Terminology. Did you call the structure by its (grammar-book) name? If so, was this helpful? If not, would it have helped if you had? What other grammatical terminology was (would have been) useful? 4. Language. Was the structure explained in the students’ mother tongue, or in the target language, or in a combination of the two? Was this effective? 5. Explanation.

Reading aloud: of syllables, words, phrases, sentences. – Discrimination (1): prepare a set of ‘minimal pairs’ – pairs of words which differ from each other in one sound–letter combination (such as dip–deep in English). Either ask learners to read them aloud, taking care to discriminate, or read them aloud yourself, and ask students to write them down. ). – Prediction (1): provide a set of letter combinations, which are parts of words the learners know. How would the learners expect them to be pronounced?

6. What further ideas do you have for getting learners to improve their pronunciation of the items you have found? ) 18 Improving learners’ pronunciation Unit Three: Improving learners’ pronunciation Inquiry Ask a group of learners whether they want to achieve a ‘perfect’ native accent or not. If they say no, find out whether this is only because they think it is impossible, or because they genuinely do not see it as a desirable objective. Question 1 Consider some foreign language learners with whom you are familiar – preferably your own students – whose mother tongue you also know.

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