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ERIC Number: ED397638
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A New Perspective on Teaching English Pronunciation: Rhythm.
Chen, Chi-Fen; And Others
This paper explores the features of rhythm that make English difficult for speakers of Chinese and suggests some techniques for helping students speak English with an English rhythm. The focus is on information obtained during a workshop: the rhythmic differences between Chinese and English, word rhythm in English, and sentence rhythm in English. Not knowing the importance of syllable structure in English, many Chinese students ignore stress patterns of English words and often give each syllable the same strength, length, and pitch, resulting in poor pronunciation. Two suggested remedies are word stress pattern building and stress production in terms of syllable length, strength, and pitch. Many activities to correct these problems are suggested, such as using rubber bands as visuals for syllable length, using musical instruments to indicate pitch change, and using backchaining to practice stress patterns of long words. Sentence rhythm poses two difficulties to many Chinese students: stress and syllable grouping. Two suggested remedies are sentence stress pattern building and rhythmic grouping to practice pausing and linking of thought groups. Tools presented to help Chinese speakers learn English are designed for awareness building, ear training, and production. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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