Pronunciation and Phonology in the EFL Classroom - Phonemes


In this video we'll be looking at the international phonemic alphabet and how it's used in the classroom. There are other phonemic alphabets but this is the most popular and the system, which is most widely used. You may have seen some of these symbols before as any good dictionary will supplement standard English spellings with the phonemic spellings to aid in pronunciation practice. Here we have a situation where we have what are called phonemes and each phoneme represents a sound within the English language. How is this helpful? Well, what it does is help students understand how to say words rather than simply relying on the often archaic English spellings. To illustrate this point let's for a moment put ourselves in the shoes of our students when trying to understand how to say the following words.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit gave me an good understanding of the future tenses. I realised that I will have to pay special attention to same when attempting to teach this to my students. I will have to use extra activities and will have to spend more time on this as it is rather difficult. I have learned that I will have to prepare thoroughly when teaching future tenses.The unit focuses on lesson materials, distinguishing between authentic material and non-authentic material, as well as created materials such as cross-words, word searches and flashcards, and course book materials. It emphasises the advantages and disadvantages of the three types of lesson materials, and provides some visual examples of those materials.

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