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Beyond Words: Five Tricks to Improve Student Pronunciation Nancy Swisher, Lecturer in ESL, NC State University Editor, the ESL GLOBE

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1 Beyond Words: Five Tricks to Improve Student Pronunciation Nancy Swisher, Lecturer in ESL, NC State University Editor, the ESL GLOBE www4.ncsu.edu/~nmswisheESL GLOBE www4.ncsu.edu/~nmswishe

2 What makes up our accents? phonological characteristics of individual sounds Minimal pairs: beat/bit, made/mad, pill/bill

3 Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility Word, Phrase and Sentence Stress Today I will go to the gym to work out. 0.6 sec. Most men like cars. From Rhythm and Unstress by Howard B. Woods

4 Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility Stress content words: nouns / main verbs / adjectives / adverbs negatives / wh-words / interjections Reduce or weaken function words: articles / conjunctions / prepositions pronouns / auxiliary verbs

5 Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility Focus in Phrases (thought groups) and Sentences A woman / without her man / is nothing. A woman / without her / man is nothing.

6 Intonation Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility The soccer game is this weekend. When? I have to see Dr. Smith. I have to see, Dr. Smith.

7 Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility Reduced Forms wannagonnahafta shouldawouldacoulda Whaddaya Say?

8 Five Tricks to Improve Comprehensibility Linking Sup? Sko! Jeet? No, joo? Ledder gedda bedder wädr heedr. What’s up?Let’s go! Did you eat? No, did you? Let her get a better water heater. Mad Gabs Ask Rude Arrive HerA screwdriver Plea Sway Tube Ease Heated Please wait to be seated. Chick He Tub An An UsChiquita bananas


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