Watch a recording of this webinar with Mark Hancock here. It took place December 13th 2018.
PronPack 1-4 has won an ESU prize for teacher resources in a ceremony in London on Nov 20th 2018, runner up behind David Farmer’s ‘Power-Up’ (NILE). This means that PronPack has now won two main ELT materials prizes in the same year – a rare achievement!
It is not always clear if sound and spelling patterns are a matter of pronunciation or of literacy, and for that reason perhaps it is sometimes overlooked in pronunciation teaching. However, in my experience, most learners come to pronunciation class already under the influence of written words and spelling-induced errors are some of the most frequent problems.
Homophones are sometimes more than a word. Sometimes phrasal homophones are called ‘oronyms’ In this example, the two phrases are phonetically identical, and this is made possible by the phenomenon of linking: in this instance, it is not possible to say with certainty whether a /t/ consonant is at the end of one word or at the beginning of the next!
The Book Depository now lists PronPack, with free delivery worldwide!
A man apologises for arriving late for his appointment. The receptionist, looking at the list of expected clients, guesses that this is Mr Twain. The man, probably not Mr Twain in fact, still has his late arrival on his mind and hears this as “Missed a train”. How was this misunderstanding possible?
We may suppose that the receptionist speaks a version of English where an r is not pronounced after a vowel (eg England, Australia, New Zealand) so that “Mr” sounds like “Mista” or “Missed a”. But what about “Twain” for “train”? Well, the /r/ is possibly one of the most variable phonemes in the language, with an enormous range of pronunciations across different accents, and even from speaker to speaker. Some speakers pronounce it as something almost resembling a /w/ – possibly as many as 10% in England. There is no evidence that the receptionist is among this 10%, but evidently the man thinks she is!
Happy to say that PronPack is available, print-on-demand, from Amazon Japan – click on the image above to see the page. Amazon also prints-on-demand in Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the UK and the US. If you are in one of those countries, simply log onto the Amazon website and type “PronPack” into the search box.
Since 1971, the English-Speaking Union has celebrated the highest quality English language teaching resources. This year, there are four categories for the awards, each focusing on materials which develop oracy (speaking and listening) skills: Resources for Young Learners (ages 3-12); Resources for Secondary to Adult Learners (ages 12 and above); Resources for Teachers; The President’s Award for the use of new technology in ELT.
PronPack 1-4 has been shortlisted for the award in ‘Resources for Teachers’. Also in the same category are ‘A Syllabus for Listening’ by Richard Cauldwell, Puchta and Elliot’s ‘Activities for Very Young Learners’, ‘Mobile Learning’ by Shaun Wilden, and ‘Power-Up’, from David Farmer. The winner will be announced on November 20th, 2018 at a ceremony in London.
Minimal pairs. Context will often disambiguate, as it hopefully does in this cartoon! But pronunciation problems tend to hunt in packs, and the resulting chaos is less easy to find your way out of. You end up having to unpick the problems one by one anyway. Minimal pairs.
Showing again how homophones are not only restricted to single words, here’s one consisting of two words with consonant-vowel linking. You can never be quite sure where one word ends and another begins in speech!
And this week’s winner in the facebook contest was Barbara Connelly with ‘Grade A’ = ‘Grey day’!