English Pronunciation: Advanced Practice

*By Sunny Tseng

   To Prospective Students:

    This self-study unit aims to help you improve your English pronunciation at an advanced level. Elements of native speaker¡¦s speaking fluency will be learned so that your pronunciation can arrive at native-like fluency. These elements are supra-segmental features as we technically call them, while the vowels and consonants are categorized as segmental features. This program provides you with easy drills of supra-segmental features, namely: reductions, linking, flap, ¡K etc. Also common mistakes of pronunciation in spoken English will also be corrected with exercises. At the end of the five lessons, you will learn how extremely different spoken English pronunciation can be from written words, and most important of all, it can be learned through constant practices in a short time.


    There will be five units in this program. In each unit, five sections are designed to assist you achieve the language target of the unit.


    In the first section Focus, the assigned pronunciation features will be introduced and how they are pronounced will be explained. This part gives you a clear picture of how to speak very fluently with methods. Then these features will be observed in the following section, From Listening to Pronunciation. This section offers you a wholesome picture of how these features are spoken in a complete dialogue or a reading passage. And the third section, Pronunciation Drill, covers drills that break down the pronunciation features and offers you chances to polish on the fluency of each particular feature. More drills are later done in Variety Show, where tongue twisters, nursery rhymes, or poems are used to make practices even more interesting. Finally a listening quiz under Listen and Check will help you examine if you have accommodated yourself to identify the pronunciation features that you have learned in this unit.

   Components of Each Unit

Section 1 (Introduction)


* Introduction of pronunciation features and explanation of how they are spoken


Section 2 (Main Text)

From Listening to Pronunciation:

* Listen to one conversation and  one reading passage from the pronunciation website

* Observe the supra-segmental features.


Section 3 (Practice I or Extended Learning I)

Pronunciation Drill:

*Practice drills from the website.

* Identify the features


Section 4 (Practice II or Extended Learning II)

Variety Show:

*Identify supra-segmental features in tongue twisters, nursery rhymes, or poems.  *Practice and say aloud the above items, or even compete with other students or the tutor to see who speaks faster and more fluent.

* Drills for common mistakes


Section 5 (Self-Assessment)

Listen and Check:

*Do a listening quiz to identify the supra-segmental features in these audio files.

*Check the answer keys and review the features in this unit.





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