{May 9, 2011}   Teaching Intonation

If you are interested in teaching intonation patterns to your students, it is a nice idea to look at this fantastic presentation!


{May 9, 2011}   Teaching English Sounds

Some years ago I came across this presentation in Slideshare, which I shared on my other blog. Today, I was looking for it and I couldn’t avoid sharing it with you.

Hope it’s useful!

{March 25, 2011}   Accents – a compilation (!)

While doing my research for the previous post, I came across three very interesting videos where native English speakers show us some of the accents of the English language.

Here they are!


{March 25, 2011}   Accent Reduction

After watching this video, I thought it would be nice to look for some material on accent reduction to share with you.

Accent reduction, also known as elocution or accent modification, is a systematic approach used to learn or adopt a new accent. It is the process of learning the sound system (or phonology) of a language or dialect. The methodology involves several steps, which include identifying deviations in the person’s current speech from the desired accent (such as pronunciation, speech patterns, and speech habits), changing the way one uses the mouth, teeth, and tongue to form vowel and consonant sounds, modifying one’s intonation and stress patterns, and changing one’s rhythm. Using this method, individuals such as those mastering a second language may alter their speech to more closely resemble the accent of a certain group of people, and thus enhance the clarity of their communication with those people. (From Wikipedia)

Improving your pronunciation will take a lot of patience and commitment, and with a little help of the resources available you will get great results.

A lesson on word stress

Some tips for accent reduction

Tongue Twisters to practice your English accent!

There are A LOT of materials on accent reduction available on the internet, you just have to look for them, use them, and practice! But remember that accent reduction DOES NOT MEAN accent elimination! Sometimes, it is better to work on reducing areas of our pronunciation that affect comprehensibility, that is, areas of our accents that make it difficult for native speakers to understand us.

My secondary school students loved this short video where Inspector Clouseau tries to learn how to speak in an English accent.

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