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ERIC Number: ED155951
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 42
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Articulatory Phonetics and Contrastive Sounds: An Effective Method of Teaching English Pronounciation. A Teaching Manual for ESL Instructors.
Zachariou, Philemon
This teaching guide is especially oriented for the English as a second language (ESL) instructor who has had no previous training in articulatory phonetics, though it may be useful to the expert phonetician as well. It suggests that the ESL instructor consider the use of some basics of articulatory phonetics in teaching pronunciation according to a simple method involving: (a) pictorial illustrations, (b) familiarization with phonetic symbols, and (c) lists of minimal pairs. The objective is to aid the student to adapt his organs of speech to the articulatory processes of unfamiliar, hard-to-pronounce sounds of English or sounds that are similar to those in his language but differ in some points of articulation. This necessitates intensive oral-aural drilling using minimal pairs accompanied with pictorial illustrations. As the students gradually learn to use their organs of speech for new functions, they begin to auditorily differentiate and assign phonemic values to sounds that had always seemed to sound alike. Vocabulary building and dictionary skills are inevitably added benefits. (Author/CFM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Minimal Pairs (Phonology)
Note: Paper presented at the conference of the California Association of teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL), (San Francisco, California, March 3-5, 1978)