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“CUE PROMPTER” A TOOL TO REHEARSE YOUR SPEECHES (1B2)

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FEEL LIKE A FAMOUS TV STAR?

This little tool is a cueprompter. My students need to give a speech  and I find this little tool can help them a lot monitor the time it takes them to give their speech as it has adjustable speed features.
How to use it
♥Copy/paste the text into the prompter text window
♥You can set screen size, font size and colour
♥Start the prompter and adjust the speed
♥ Use the Space Bar to stop/start the cueprompter

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IT´S AS IF YOU WERE WORKING ON TV AS A NEWSREADER!! BUT REMEMBER THAT THIS IS JUST FOR REHEARSING AT HOME: YOU CAN´T USE IT DURING YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS.

THIS POST IS FROM CRISTINA CABAL´S BLOG. THANKS FOR SHARING YOUR GREAT IDEAS!!

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ORAL PRESENTATIONS BASED ON BOOKS FOR 1B2 STUDENTS (1B2)

AS YOU MUST BE READING YOUR FIRST BOOK AND GETTING READY FOR YOUR ORAL PRESENTATION IN CLASS IN DECEMBER, 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)

HAVE / GET SOMETHING DONE (1B2)

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DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE STRUCTURE? LET´S HAVE A LOOK AT A JOKE…

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TODAY’S JOKE _______________________________________________________

Eye Testing

A man went to the optician’s to have his eyes tested.

The optician showed him a card.

“Can you read that?” he asked.

“No,” said the man.

The optician moved a little closer.

“Can you read it now?” he asked.

“No,” said the man.

So the optician came right next to him and said,

“Surely, you can read it now!”

“No”, said the man.” I can’t read.”

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CAUSATIVE

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[ei] for TRAIN (1 B2)

 

THIS IS THE SOUND PICTURE FOR THE DIPHTHONG [ei] IN WORDS SUCH AS “TRAIN“.

BY THE WAY, THERE´S A POPULAR BAND CALLED TRAIN. LISTEN TO THIS SONG.

WHAT´S THE NAME OF THE SONG?

COULD YOU GIVE ME EXAMPLES OF WORDS IN THE SONG CONTAINING DIPHTHONGS?

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS SCRIPT:

[ heɪ ]  [heɪ]  [ heɪ ]

Your lipstick [steɪnz] on the front  [ləʊb ] of my left  [saɪd ] [breɪnz ]

[aɪ] knew [aɪ] wouldn’t forget you, and [səʊ]  [aɪ] went and let you [bləʊ]  my [maɪnd]

Your sweet moon beam, the smell of you in every single dream [aɪ ] dream

[aɪ ]  knew when we [kəˈlaɪdɪd] , you’re the one [aɪ ] have [dɪˈsaɪdɪd] who’s one of [maɪ ]   [kaɪnd]

CHORUS

[ heɪ ]  [səʊl] sister, [eɪnt] that Mr. Mister on the [ˈreɪdɪəʊ], [ˈsterɪəʊ], the [weɪ] you move [eɪnt ] [feə ] , you [nəʊ]!

[ heɪ ]  [səʊl] sister, I [dəʊnt ] want to miss a single thing you do...[təˈnaɪt] 

[ heɪ ]  [heɪ]  [ heɪ ] 

Just in [taɪm ] , [aɪm]  [səʊ ] glad you have a one-track [maɪnd] [laɪk ] me

You  [geɪv ] [maɪ ]  [laɪf]  direction,

a [geɪm]  [ʃəʊ] love connection we can’t [dɪˈnaɪ]

[aɪm] [ səʊ]  obsessed,

[maɪ ] heart is [baʊnd] to beat [raɪt ] [aʊt ] [maɪ] untrimmed chest

[aɪ ]  believe in you,  [laɪk ] a virgin, you’re Madonna,

and [aɪm]  [ˈɔːlweɪz ] gonna wanna [bləʊ]   your [maɪnd]

CHORUS

The [weɪ ]  you can cut a rug, watching you’s the [əʊnli] drug I need

You’re [səʊ]  gangsta, I’m [səʊ]   thug, you’re the [əʊnli] one [aɪm]  dreaming of

You see, [aɪ] can be [maɪˈself ] [naʊ ] [ˈfaɪnəli] , in fact  [ðeəz] nothing I can’t be

I want the world to see you be with me

NOW YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO

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SHARING YOUR RECORDINGS (1B2)

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AS I COULDN´T CHOOSE BETTER WORDS, I USED WHAT CRISTINA CABAL BEAUTIFULLY EXPLAINED IN HER BLOG.

 Are you  a student  looking for an easy-to-use tool to send your teacher your speech? I’ve found the perfect tool for you! It is called SoundCloud and has been around for some time now ,so one can only assume that it is entirely reliable. Sound Cloud is an amazing site which has a lot of potential for teaching and learning English.

What can you do with SoundCloud? You can upload your own audio and you can record yourself. You are then given a unique url and the possibility to embed the audio in your own website or blog.

Why am I so enthusiastic about my students using SoundCloud? Because my students willl be able to send me their recordings and I will be able to correct them by inserting comments about their pronunciation, grammar…. directly into the recording and exactly at the exact second at which the mistake is made. You just have to email me the WORDPRESS CODE it generates when you want to share it.

You need to register but it is completely free up to two hours ; then, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan or delete some of your recordings.

Below I’ve embedded a SoundCloud Recording to tempt you to try this useful tool!

You can have a look at this tutorial:

YOU JUST HAVE TO…

  • RECORD YOURSELF (and save it when you´re happy with it)
  • GIVE IT A TITLE & MAKE IT PUBLIC ( NOT PRIVATE)
  • SAVE
  • CLICK ON “SHARE” & THEN ON “EMBED”
  • CLICK ON WORDPRESS & COPY THE CODE IT GENERATES
  • EMAIL ME THE WORDPRESS CODE

NOW THERE ARE ALSO APPS FOR MOBILES, TABLETS AND IPADS

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COME ON! WHY DON´T YOU GIVE IT A SHOT?

READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (1B2)

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF READING ALOUD IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? IS IT A WASTE OF TIME?

Among many other benefits “reading aloud can help your pronunciation. Even if you already know how to pronounce the language pretty well, it is hard to fit your mouth and tongue around the foreign sounds. Reading aloud gives your vocal organs the exercise they need to speak without getting tired or stumbling. If you are still fuzzy on pronunciation, use texts with recordings on CD or MP3 files, and repeat after the native speakers. But following along in the book will give you added input over simply listening and repeating. Try to copy the intonation and rhythm as well. You will be using eyes, ears, vocal apparatus, and of course, brain — all at once!”

http://www.ehow.com/how_5528527_use-aloud-learn-foreign-language.html

SOME APPS CAN HELP YOU DO THIS WORK WHENEVER YOU DON´T HAVE THE RECORDING: READINGS ON YOUR TEXTBOOKS, GETTING READY FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS, ETC….

  • DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THESE WEBSITES OR APPS ?
  • WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
  • CAN YOU RECOMMEND ANY SIMILAR APPS?

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http://www.acapela-group.com

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You can paste the text.(SUITABLE FOR IOS &ANDROID)

http://www.naturalreaders.com

TIPS TO IMPROVE PRONUNCIATION WHEN YOU´RE READING ALOUD

(BY my colleague JAVIER SANTOS ASENSI)

Step 1:  Find CONTENT WORDS in the fragment you have chosen and make sure you know how to pronounce them.

  • Even if meaning is different for different speakers, there are certain word categories that are usually more meaningful and therefore commonly stressed. They are often called content words: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, negative words, pronouns (demonstrative, possessive –mine, yours…, reflexive –myself, yourself…,  reciprocal –each other, one another , interrogative –who, what…), question words (where, how often, etc), intensifiers (too, much, quite, etc.) and modifiers ( numerals, cardinals, etc.)
  • Pay special attention to those words you are very familiar with. Are you positive you have not made a habit of mispronouncing them?  Check their pronunciation in your print or online dictionary or CD Rom
    • First locate the stressed syllable (long words usually have a secondary stress as well)
    • Then make sure you use weak vowels / Ə / and / I / in unstressed syllables
    • Is there any consonant or vowel sound that you have problems pronouncing?

Step 2: Check the pronunciation of GRAMMAR WORDS (also called function words)

  • Most times grammar words are not stressed. These include articles, determiners (the, some, each), auxiliary and modal verbs (do, have, be, may, will, etc.), one-syllable prepositions and conjunctions (to, from, of, and, but, etc.)   If they have a weak pronunciation form, use it instead of the strong form you might be familiar with (check the pronunciation of these words in your reference chart)

Step 3:  Are there any words you can contract?

  • Remember that contraction is a feature of spoken language. You do not usually contract words in more formal written texts.  If you are reading aloud you should try to contract whenever possible even if you do not see the contraction
  • Revise the most common contractions: in the reference chart your teacher will provide you with.

Step 4: Connect unstressed words to meaningful stressed ones in a logical way

  • First connect words into phrases (noun or prepositional phrases, etc.) in a logical way to avoid reading word to word and stressing every single word. These connected groups of words are often called thought groups
  • Then try and connect phrases into short sentences
  • Contracted forms as well as Word linking (connecting words ending in a consonant with the next word starting in a vowel or else words ending and beginning with vowels) will help us do it.  In British English final “r” will be pronounced if the following word starts with a vowel (linking “r”).
  • As a result the number of words in spelling and pronunciation will be absolutely different.

Step 5:  Make sure you respect punctuation marks: pauses and intonation

  • Periods (full stops) , commas, colons, semi-colons, parenthesis and the kind are realized as pauses in oral speech. These pauses will allow the listener to follow our utterance and ourselves to breathe.  Moreover, if you run over the sentence limit, your utterance will make no sense at all for listeners, for they mark the end of an idea, a piece of explanation or clarification, an example, etc.
  • Question and exclamation marks are realized as intonation patterns. Avoid flat intonation patterns, otherwise it will be difficult to make out your speech intention

RECORDING YOURSELF WOULD BE THE FINAL STEP AND PLAYBACK…. BUT WE´LL TALK ABOUT THIS IN ANOTHER POST…..

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PRONUNCIATION 1: VOWELS (ALL LEVELS)

 

LISTEN TO PABLO IGLESIAS SPEAKING IN ENGLISH LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU THINK HIS PROBLEM IS?

LOOK AT THIS CHART.

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THESE ARE THE SOUNDS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE CHART IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS:  VOWELS,DIPHTHONGS AND CONSONANTS.

LET´S CONCENTRATE ON THE REVISION OF ENGLISH VOWELS.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW OR THE PICTURE ABOVE TO USE AN INTERACTIVE VERSION OF THE CHART:

http://www.onestopenglish.com/skills/pronunciation/phonemic-chart-and-app/interactive-phonemic-chart-british-english/

 

YOU CAN ALSO WATCH THIS VIDEO:

IF THE LINK DOESN´T WORK, TYPE IN  “IPA VOWELS”  ON YOU TUBE   AND YOU´LL BE ABLE TO WATCH THE VIDEO. OK?

THIS IS ALSO A USEFUL LINK  TO LISTEN TO THE VOWELS BELOW:

www.oup.com/elt/englishfile/beginner

EXTRA PRACTICE

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

  • SOUND FOUNDATIONS (there is a free version)

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  • ENGLISH FILE PRONUNCIATION (you have to pay to download)

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FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS AND ABOVE, YOU CAN ALSO VISIT THIS WEBSITE:

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

DESCRIBING A PICTURE (1B2)

IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE A PHOTO ON YOUR MOBILE IN DETAIL, WHAT KIND OF LANGUAGE WOULD YOU NEED?

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CLICK ON THIS PICTURE IF YOU WANT TO VISIT A WEBSITE WITH USEFUL LANFUAGE ON HOW TO DESCRIBE A PICTURE / PHOTO.

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YOU CAN ALSO TRY TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT ON DESCRIBING PICTURES AND PHOTOSDESCRIBING PICTURES

AND NOW GET READY TO DESCRIBE YOURS……

PHOTOS ON YOUR MOBILE: LET´S TALK ABOUT YOU( 1B2)

THIS IS A PHOTO WHICH WAS TAKEN WITH MY MOBILE AND I STILL KEEP IT…

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT THE STORY? BE READY TO POST SUITABLE QUESTIONS SO THAT WE CAN USE THEM NEXT WEEK.

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BE READY TO SHOW YOUR OWN PHOTO TO A CLASSMATE.IT´S TIME TO TALK ABOUT YOU….

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GETTING TO KNOW….. YOUR TEACHER (1B2)

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WHO IS YOUR TEACHER THIS YEAR? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ME? WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

NOW, LET´S TALK ABOUT ME! IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW ME, WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU ASK ME? WRITE SUITABLE, CORRECT QUESTIONS  IN ENGLISH.   WHY DON´T YOU CREATE YOUR OWN PODCAST WITH AUDIOBOOM or SOUNDCLOUD? WHAT IS “AUDIOBOOM“?

SO, TO GET YOUR “AUDIOBOOM PODCAST” POSTED YOU JUST HAVE TO

  • DOWNLOAD THE APP (ON YOUR MOBILE, IPAD OR TABLET) IT´S AVAILABLE  BOTH FOR IOS AND ANDROID
  • RECORD YOUR PODCAST, SAVE IT  AND …
  • SHARE IT  BY EMAILING IT TO ME SO THAT I CAN POST IT ON MY BLOG AND SHARE IT WITH ALL YOUR CLASSMATES.

WHY DON´T YOU HAVE A GO?

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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

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