It is important to incorporate Language Systems (Lexis or vocabulary, Grammar, Function and Phonology) in order to deliver a balanced and comprehensive English course. When analyzing a particular language item, we could simply look at the individual words (vocabulary or lexis). We could also consider how these individual words interact with each other (grammar or syntax).
There are several factors that underlie the effective teaching of pronunciation such as age, exposure to the target language, prior second language instruction, aptitude, attitude and motivation. Age in particular plays an important role in acquiring a native-like accent in second language acquisition.
English, it is said, is an unaccented language. This conveniently ignores words imported from French, which depend on the mood of the writer and a printer deep in the bowels of a newspaper. But accents indicate the emphasis and I recommend that all students of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) use their own private accent marks.
Pronunciation is an important aspect of learning English. If you learn the incorrect pronunciation of a word, you may not understand it when someone pronounces the word correctly.
For years, the mystery of the American accent has been a debate. American English is a semi-phonetic language, making it one of the more difficult languages to master. Once the basics have been learned, many foreign speakers find that because of the vowel shifts and speaking habits, English proves to be a frustrating language. Mastering the accent can help in several ways.
When teaching children how to read using a phonic teaching programme there are various elements which need to be clearly understood. This article focuses on how to teach children the various different vowel sounds.
Instant or Sight words are the words a reader must recognize immediately. These words are the most commonly used words in the English language and interestingly, many of them are difficult to teach by phonics and are not easily represented by pictures. The most common sight word lists are Dolch Sight Words and Fry Instant Words. Teaching sight words is not the same as the Whole Language approach to teaching reading.
In my job teaching the American accent, I advise and coach many people who were born in India but now work in the US.
Thousands of Indian born professionals living in the US have amazing technology, engineering and medical skills. American companies value their professionalism, knowledge and work ethic.
Would you like to give your 4-5 year old children or pupils challenging activities for learning to recognise letters of the alphabet and their sounds through the use of workbooks? Whether you are using commercially produced or handwritten materials, they will contain the following popular activities
One hot button issue in education is the debate over whole language vs. phonics instruction in reading (and it has been for several decades). Both sides of the debate can cite research which suggests one side is better than the other. This article is intended to clear the muddled waters of reading instruction, and help parents see how they can use the best of both approaches for the benefit of their children.