Oshyn: Pronunciation

  • 50% written assessment (short answer and multiple choice)
  • 50% oral assessment (just on pronunciation we’ve covered)
  •  Voiced vs. voiceless consonants
  • “ED” and /s/ & /z/ pronunciation based on voicedness
  • Recognizing, distinguishing, and producing consonants and consonant blends (all consonants)
  • Recognizing, distinguishing and producing vowels and vowel blends (particularly long and short vowels)
  • Syllable stress
  • Intonation (word prominence/stress & sentence rhythm, pitch, location of rise and fall)
  • Changes in pronunciation due to connected and natural speech
  • Anatomy and physiology of speech production
  • Spelling patterns as they relate to pronunciation
  • Pronouncing words based on reading phonetic symbols

UPDATE: Due to extremely low attendance last class (February 10), those who did attend are not required to attend this week, and I will repeat the lesson with the remaining students.

  • Take a look at all the vowels on the Phonetic Symbols chart.   Come up with as many spelling patterns as you can for each one, if any. For most vowels, there should be at least 2 spelling patterns. Feel free to use any English text to help. DUE NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 16 or 17.
    • EXAMPLE: /a?/ as in “cow:”
    • Spelling pattern: “ow” as in “cow
    • Spelling pattern: “ou” as in “mountain”
  • Watch the section of each video for each short vowel where “Rachel” talks about the physiology (tongue and mouth formation) of each.  Videos are available in the previous post as well as the PowerPoint presentation for the Day 6 class.  Please record for each vowel:
    1. The position of the tongue (height, backness/forwardness)
    2. The position of mouth (open, closed, spread apart, roundedness)
    3. Is the tongue relaxed or tense, and where specifically is it this way?