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1 Judy Thompson TESL Niagara April 26, 2014

2 Letters don’t represent sounds. No one knows what words sound like from reading them: bluethrough youwho twodo fewshoe dueboo

3 1. A short History of English showing speaking as a different language than writing 2. The Sounds of English 1. Consonants – sounds that stop 2. Vowels – sounds that stretch 3. Take away pronunciation tools students can use anywhere

4 40 sounds 26 letters

5  English speaking as completely separate from English writing  The history provides context for students and their education so far  It is not their fault that their speaking has not gone as well as they’d hoped We have a clean slate – a fresh start for some new thinking

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7  We are at zero  What we put in place now is a structure for how speaking works in all situations  Students can use this framework outside of class, independent of teacher support for ever and ever

8 There are 40 sounds in English 24 consonant sounds 16 vowel sounds 40 ▪ Consonant sounds STOP ▪ Vowel sounds s t r e t c h

9 Explain the notation slash brackets /makes the sound/ This is a dog. – it makes the sound /woof/ This is a d - it makes the sound /d/ ThompsonLanguageCenter.com 9

10 18 familiar b, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, r, s, t, v, w, y, z /b/ /d/ /f/ /g //h/ /j/ /k/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /p/ /r/ /s/ /t/ /v/ /w/ /y/ /z/ 6 new Sh, Ch, TH, Th, Ng, Zh /S h/ / C h/ / TH/ / T h/ / N g/ / Z h/  Capital letters mean two symbols – one sound

11 _ b _ d _ f g h _ j k l m n _ p _ r s t _ v w _y z / S h/ - shoe, sugar, nation, machine* / C h/ - church, cello, picture / TH / - thing, thank, both, teeth / T h/ - the, them, these, mother, brother / N g/ - singing, pink / Z h/ - Asia, garage, usual, Taj Mahal (* Transformation)

12 Old Friends Ol’ Frenz We walked and talked we wakt an takt And talked and walkedan takt an wakt Walked and talked wakt an takt Talked and walked takt an wakt (* Transformation)

13  Bingo  Listening Skills  Consonant Hunt  Sound Maze  Word Search  Mystery Match  Cry Wolf

14  The first thing people learn in a new language is the names of the colors  Inside the names of 16 common colors in English are the 16 vowel sounds of English  Students learn the colors of words and crazy English spelling is no longer a barrier to confident speaking

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17 Can you think of other words with the sound /Ay/?

18 (* Transformation)

19 Think of other words with the sound /a/ Turn the card around

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21  Students understand the most important feature of English organically – you just wake it up in them  English is a stress-based language  The stressed syllable determines the color of the word  Every word in English is a color BA nana is not a word Neither is bana NA The word is ba NA na There are no variations. banana is a Black word

22  It is one of the colors on the Thompson Vowel Chart  Every word in English is somewhere on that chart!  * Transformation FYI If the word-stress isn’t right, a native English speaker can’t guess what is being said

23 Old Friends Ol’ Frenz We walked and talked we wokt an tokt And talked and walkedan tokt an wokt Walked and talked wokt an tokt Talked and walked tokt an wokt

24  Every word in English is a color  English is a stress-based language – if someone can’t understand word stress is the problem not ‘accent’  Accents don’t matter – everyone has an accent – only word stress matters Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary app

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26 The other four tools we did not talk about today are:  Content words carry message – grammar doesn’t  Linking – all spoken words start with consonants  Expressions – English is idiomatic  Body Language – non-verbal is 80% of the message It was my goal to show you a new way of looking at Spoken English and how to teach it And to assure you that a full range of materials are available if you are interested

27 Judy Thompson 2554 The Grange Sideroad Caledon, Ontario Canada Skype: judycaledon


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