Pronunciation and Phonology in the EFL Classroom - Traditional Spellings to Phonemic Spellings Pt. 1

 

Now let's take a look at how we go from traditional spellings into the phonemic spellings. The first step in this process is identifying each unit of sound or each phoneme within a word. Let's look at bet, bit, but, and bought. The only difference in each one of these words is in the vowel sound. We have bet, bit, but and bought. Each word simply uses three sounds. Now we have photo. That's four phonemes. Wow we have taxi. That's five phonemes. We have unite with a hidden phoneme in there being the ?y? sound before anything else. Those are five phonemes as well and now we have a longer word: chemistry. Let's give that a shot. That's eight phonemes used in the word chemistry. Now once we've isolated each sound we want to assign a phoneme for each one of those sounds let's do that now.


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.

The four types of past tenses are confusing and I suggest giving more than just a few examples for each tense. Common mistakes and errors are helpful and give the teacher ideas where to look for errors. Is there a way we could get the same sentence in different tenses? This could help explain the difference in each tense. Maybe provide visual aides too?This unit covers the different types of tests and external examinations. For me, it's difficult to remember all these different types of external tests and what the initials stand for! In our school we prepare our students for Cambridge and Telc exams. I find the progress tests very useful as they give the teacher a \"picture\" of the students' progress


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