Monthly Archives: November 2016

PRACTISING THE PRONUNCIATION OF “-ED ENDINGS” (1B2)

As you know, the “-ed” endings of regular past tense verbs can be pronounced in three different ways: /t/, /d/ and /ɪd/, which is the one most students tend to overuse. Have a look here here for an overview of the rules.

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WATCH THIS VIDEO TO LISTEN TO SOME EXAMPLES:

 

Over the years, I have found that /t/ and /d/ are easier to notice and to produce if the verb comes immediately before a word beginning with a vowel sound:

liked it – /laɪktɪt/
dreamed of – /driːmdəv/

The video is suitable for late A2, B1 and B2 students, who will have learned the basic -ED rules, but may still struggle to produce the sounds accurately. The on-screen activities are all self-explanatory.

You will notice that the activities do not test whether students can choose between /t/ and /d/. The difference is barely audible in fast connected speech, and it rarely causes misunderstandings. Also, since most students tend to overuse /ɪd/ and avoid /t/ or /d/, the song excerpts focus on the latter, rather than the former.

THANKS TO: http://www.luizotaviobarros.com/2016/10/pronunciation-ed-endings.html

TRY THIS -ED ENDING GAME I MADE FOR MY A2 STUDENTS:

https://mcargobe.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/ed-endings-game-a2/

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BOOK PRESENTATIONS 1B1 (1B1)

  • WHAT DO YOU USUALLY READ IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE?
  • WHAT CAN YOU READ IN ENGLISH?
    GRADED READERS   LEVEL 3 (1.000-1200 words)

all-levels

  • WHAT ENGLISH WORDS OR PHRASES DO YOU NEED TO TALK ABOUT A BOOK? Let´s make a list together !!!!

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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO LISTEN TO MY VOICE

DO YOU WANT TO FEEL LIKE A TV STAR? USE CUEPROMPTER TO REHEARSE YOUR PRESENTATION

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  • THERE IS A TIME LIMIT ( ABOUT 3.30 MINUTES) .YOU CAN TALK FOR 5 MINUTES BUT NOT FOR 10… IF YOU DO, I WILL HAVE TO STOP YOU. (NOT EVERYBODY WILL HAVE TIME AND I ALSO NEED A REST).

  • YOUR CLASSMATES ARE YOUR AUDIENCE, SO DON´T ABUSE OF NAMES OF CHARACTERS AND COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIPS. IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THEY CAN FOLLOW YOU.

          IF YOU USE DIFFICULT VOCABULARY, EXPLAIN AT THE BEGINNING.

  • IT´S A SPEAKING TEST. YOU CAN USE YOUR NOTES BUT YOU CAN´T READ.

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ENGLISH CONSONANTS (ALL LEVELS)

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THIS CHART IS CORRECT!!

Consonant sounds NEF

CLICK ON THE WEBPAGE BELOW TO LISTEN AND PRACTISE:

CONSONANTS

MORE CONSONANTS

REMEMBER:

UNVOICED = “SORDO”

VOICED = SONORO 

TRY THE INTERACTIVE PHONEMIC CHART:

http://www.onestopenglish.com/upload/public/attachments/37/osephonemicchart.swf

NOWADAYS THERE ARE MANY APPS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD TO PRACTISE PRONUNCIATION:

SOUND FOUNDATIONS
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ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION
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THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO WORK ON PRONUNCIATION (BBC Learning English)140924155826_bbcle_new_site-2

OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL

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AND THE BRITISH COUNCIL APP

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NOW YOU COULD PRACTICE WITH THIS LIST OF THE 100  MOST  COMMONLY MISPRONOUNCED WORDS IN ENGLISH: 100 mispronounced words

 

 

 

NOW & THEN… (1B2)

  • HAVE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THE PICTURE & DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCES THEY CAN SEE & THE DIFFERENCES THEY CAN GUESS EXIST BETWEEN THE FAMILY SHOWN IN THE PHOTO AND THEIR OWN FAMILY. (TRY TO USE USED TO, WOULD, PAST SIMPLE….)

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  • WATCH THIS VIDEO ADVERT. IT´S CALLED “GRANDPA” AND IT TRIES TO SHOW THAT THE LIFESTYLE ENJOYED BY OUR GRANDPARENTS CAN BE BENEFICIAL.

  • WATCH THE VIDEO TWICE & WRITE DOWN ANY DIFFERENCES THEY CAN SEE BETWEEN THE MAN TODAY AND HIS GRANDFATHER: healthy eating, stress,working conditions, means of transport, relationships, habits …….

(THANKS TO CRISTINA CABAL FOR THIS WONDERFUL IDEA)

http://www.cristinacabal.com

COMING HOME FOR XMAS (1B1)

Heathrow airport has joined the battle of the Christmas adverts with  clip featuring two teddy bears returning home. A REAL TEARJERKER!!!!

  • CAN YOU THINK OF COMMON ACTIONS PEOPLE DO AT THE AIRPORT?

i.e. “CATCH A PLANE”……..etc…etc…

  • WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NEXT CHRISTMAS? HAVE YOU GOT ANY PLANS?

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THE GENERATION GAP (1B2)

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“AS A CHILD I USED TO BE VERY SHY AND PRETTY WELL-BEHAVED AT SCHOOL. HOWEVER, I REMEMBER PLAYING PRANKS AT HOME…. FOR EXAMPLE, I REMEMBER ONCE CUTTING OUR CAT´S WHISKERS…..SHE WENT ABSOLUTELY MAD!!!!!  I USED TO SPEND HOURS READING BECAUSE MY DAD, WHO USED TO BE AWAY FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME, TAUGHT ME HOW TO READ WHEN I WAS 5, ……..AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PHOTO ABOVE.

WHEN I WAS A KID I USED TO HAVE LONG HAIR AND I WOULD “PLAY ELASTICS“. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF IT? I REALLY LOVED IT AND WAS QUITE GOOD AT IT. THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY CHILDHOOD…… JUST FOR A LAUGH”

WHAT KIND OF CHILD WERE YOU……?

WHAT DID YOU USE TO DO?

THIS SONG IS CALLED ” SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW” IS IT POSSIBLE TO SAY “WOULD” IN THIS CONTEXT?

WHAT´S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO FORMS WHEN TALKING ABOUT PAST HABITS?

PRONUNCIATION 2: DIPHTHONGS (ALL LEVELS)

THESE ARE THE ENGLISH DIPHTHONGS:

CAN YOU THINK OF A WORD FOR EACH DIPHTHONG?

IF NOT, TRY THE INTERACTIVE CHART, BY CLICKING ON THE LINK.

IF YOU CAN´T WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE TYPE IN “IPA DIPHTHONGS” ON YOU TUBE,OK?

WATCH THIS MINI-MOVIE TO PRACTISE THE DIPHTHONGS:

(http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/skills/interactive/pron_animations/index.htm

EXERCISE

FOR MORE DETAILED PRACTICE ON EACH DIPHTHONG YOU CAN WATCH THESE VIDEOS:

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN ALSO USE THIS MATERIAL:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/pronunciation

http://www.oup.com/elt/global/products/englishfile/intermediate/c_pronunciation/pronunciation02/

LINKING WORDS (A2, B1)

LOOK AT THESE PICTURES:

I FELT ILL

             I WENT TO THE DOCTOR´S

I DIDN´T GO TO THE DOCTOR´S

HOW  CAN YOU LINK THESE TWO IDEAS?

  AND       (joins two ideas)

  BUT      ALTHOUGH         HOWEVER  (expresses contrast)

  BECAUSE    (reason)

  SO   (consequence)

TALKING PHOTOS (A2)

DO YOU HAVE A PHOTO YOU REALLY LIKE?

 

 

  • WHO TOOK IT?
  • WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE TIME?
  • DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS IN YOUR BEDROOM OR LIVING ROOM?
  • DO YOU LIKE TAKING PHOTOS?
  • WHO IS GOOD AT TAKING PHOTOS IN YOUR FAMILY?
  • DO YOU LIKE BEING IN PHOTOS?

SO, CHOOSE A PHOTO YOU REALLY LIKE AND GO TO…http://www.fotobabble.com/

IT´S VERY SIMPLE…..images

  • REGISTER (SIGN IN) IT´S FREE!!!
  • UPLOAD YOUR FAVOURITE PHOTO
  • RECORD YOUR OWN VOICE ANSWERING SOME OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE
  • SEND ME THE LINK BY EMAIL

IT´S ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE APP STORE

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I´LL BE WAITING FOR YOUR TALKING PHOTOS…

THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE:

HAMLEY´S MAKE-UP (A2).

ORAL PRESENTATIONS BASED ON BOOKS (1B2)

AS YOU MUST BE READING YOUR FIRST BOOK AND GETTING READY FOR YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS, DO YOU HAVE IN MIND ANY TOOL TO MAKE YOUR PRESENTATION MORE ATTRACTIVE?

GLOGSTER, SMORE  AND PREZI ARE MY FAVORITE ONES .

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

http://s018.marisadedios.edu.glogster.com/memoirs-of-a-geisha-nadias-glog/

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE

https://www.smore.com/94j7

  • PREZI 

A BOOK PRESENTATION WITH PREZI

DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER TOOLS THAT COULD BE EFFECTIVE?

remindericon-pngc200THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU TODAY IN CLASS WITH ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS CAN ALSO BE DOWNLOADED FROM MY DROPBOX. (TASK: BOOK PRESENTATION)

Smart Up Your English

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Smart Up Your English

LEARN NEW WORDS, EXPRESSIONS, PHRASES...

Helendipity Weblog

learn English and share your experiences (SERENDIPITY= the accidental discovery of something pleasant and useful!)

Adrian Underhill's Pronunciation Site

Practical Discovery of English Pronunciation