15 Oct 2015

Pronunciation - teaching fun

I have been asked to provide some online resources for teaching pronunciation to younger and older EFL students. Have a look below. It's just the tip of the iceberg, but I hope you will enjoy it. All of them tried and tested on a bunch of youngsters and oldsters both in and out of the classroom (including my very own nieces aged 3, 6 and 13).

Does my child have good pronunciation?
https://elfpron.wordpress.com/

1. Teaching nursery rhymes
Nursery rhymes are crucial for understanding the melody and rhythm of the English language and help kids figure out the sequence of sounds in a word. This way they learn how to read and spell more easily. Have fun!

LearnEnglish Kids by British Council (3-year-olds love it!)  
  British English

Old MacDonald had a farm
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/old-macdonald-had-farm

Incy Wincy spider
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/incy-wincy-spider

Brush Bus
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/brush-bus

The Scary Skeleton
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/the-scary-skeleton


The wheels on the bus
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/the-wheels-the-bus


Moother Goose Club     American English
The ABC song
https://www.youtube.com/user/MotherGooseClub

If you're happy and you know it
http://youtu.be/HGsHd9RuYRg?list=PLgnDMw6xI5pmt8fIPDqQrS7-qWWbe9qsY


Old Macdonald had a farm
http://youtu.be/G1rYj9QPGds?list=PLgnDMw6xI5pmt8fIPDqQrS7-qWWbe9qsY


Humpty Dumpty
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fExzr4oa7w&index=7&list=PLgnDMw6xI5pmt8fIPDqQrS7-qWWbe9qsY


Itsy Bitsy Spider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqYR1_mmf0A




2. Tongue twisting
Tongue twisters let your students develop their articulatory organs and muscles. Do some work-outs, please!
Also: Mrs Tongue does her housework

Breathing shoes for practising diaphragmatic breathing                                                                  
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmi6sNG9ttM

British Council's Five Gentlemen - on tongue twisters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNT_KInwvOc

Tongue twisters - Peter Piper song

BBC Learning English's Tongue twister challenge
http://youtu.be/CJhURDNPfH4?list=PLcetZ6gSk96_AwAtmSRde38Vqyb_QmsAZ

LearnEnglish Kids - stories, songs, tongue twisters
Tongue twisters with recordings (mp3s)
3. Teaching reading letters
To help out your kids learn to read, try the following series of films:

The 'Between the Lions' series
When two vowels go walking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fb3Pdt8kxg

Q without U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yqcZRjSGKI&list=UUJ8RDPhs1tBSCM7KhpeCUYA

If you can read "at"...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm0QHt9VrBU

The 'Meet the Phonics' series by Preschool Prep      American English
Silent e - I make a vowel say its name when I play the jumping game
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTqgFj-gWek

SC - Blends preview
http://youtu.be/z3IGajWTSgw?list=PLqAXA_I1l5r9zfy7CegfxW7Q6weCseoVJ

A - Letter sounds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmUU55W4psE&list=PLqAXA_I1l5r9zfy7CegfxW7Q6weCseoVJ


4. Teaching reading 
Don't get rid of the 'reading out loud' bit. Though some may perceive it as an outdated task, it works wonders in the classroom. Remember to apply voiceovers (=students read along the recording) and choral repetitions. Tons of repetitions!

Regional UK accents by British Council - the list contains 10 tracks with Aesop's "The lion and the mouse" in 10 different accents 
https://soundcloud.com/britishcouncil/sets/regional-uk-accents
LearnEnglish Kids - short stories
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories
My favourite short story from LearnEnglishKids - Pyramids in Paris
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/pyramids-paris
Kids stories by British Council
An interactive reading course of individual words 


5. Teaching IPA
I believe that IPA introduced in the early stages of language teaching can help us out later in our lives. Smuggling in some bits and pieces of the phonemic alphabet is definitely a challenge, but online you will find a bunch of materials to use in the classroom environment. Have a go at IPA!

BBC Pronunciation tips
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/pron/
Phonetics Focus by Cambridge English Online - tons of games and quizzes!
http://cambridgeenglishonline.com/Phonetics_Focus/#
Pronunciation animations (sounds, stress, intonation)
http://www.cambridge.org/elt/resources/skills/interactive/pron_animations/index.htm
British Council Sounds Right
learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/ar/apps/sounds-right
Genkie Phonics - an innovative approach to teaching alphabet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWEiZ0IXOj8
Genkie Phonics - How to teach your child to read using Phonics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkM5jSkasrk
For football fans: British Council Premier Skills vowels & consonants printable IPA posters
http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/sites/premierskills/files/attachment/PremierSkills_Vowels_Poster.pdf
http://premierskills.britishcouncil.org/sites/premierskills/files/attachment/PremierSkills_Vowels_Poster.pdf
Young learners and the phonemic chart

How to teach IPA by Adrian Underhill – full workshop
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1kAPHyHd7Lo


Pronunciation Skills on Youtube with Adrian Underhill
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbEWGLATRxw_2hL5hY164nvHdTpwhEOXC


6. Learning pron as you go via Android & iPhone
We can't teach pronunciation and forget about the role of mobile apps anymore. Make sure that all of your students have at least one of these on their phones/phablets/tablets:

Phonetics Focus by Cambridge English Online - games and quizzes app
English Sounds: Pronunciation & Phonetics
Duolingo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.duolingo&hl=pl
English File Pronunciation (Demo)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oup.efdemo
Sounds: The Pronunciation App
http://www.macmillaneducationapps.com/soundspron/
Saundz.com
http://saundz.com/

7. Play online pronunciation games
When teaching play games - as many as you can. Here are a few resources:

British Council: lots of games for children (!!!)
http://www.yummy.pl/britishcouncil/pl/main/pl
Play Stress Monsters - brilliant!
https://elt.oup.com/student/headway/advanced/e_games/hwy_adv_stressmonster?cc=pl&selLanguage=pl
LyricsTraining - learn pronunciation from songs
http://lyricstraining.com/
Genkie Phonics Games - brilliant for younger and older learners!
http://genkienglish.net/phonicsgame4.htm
Kidsrcool - the bottom row with pronunciation games
http://www.kidsrcool.com.cn/games.html
Sandfields school games: Countdown
http://www.npted.org/schools/sandfieldsComp/games/Pages/Game-Downloads.aspx

8. Invest in some software
English Pronunciation in Use CD-Roms with the teaching guide in pdf (brilliant ideas!)
http://www.cambridge.org/servlet/file/EPIU_LALL_TT_CDRomGuide.pdf?ITEM_ENT_ID=3827248&COLLSPEC_ENT_ID=7
Say it Right
http://www.sayitright.eu/pl/



9. Free teaching resources, lesson plans, activities
Cambridge English – resources for teachers                               
Teaching English (by British Council)                                            
Learn English (by British Council)                                                   
Learn English Kids (by British Council)                                                                              
British Council Poland Quality Teaching Blog
blog.britishcouncil.org/polandqualityteaching

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