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Teaching English Pronunciation at the Secondary School Level


Karolina Janczukowicz

This book aims to aid English teachers at the junior and senior secondary school levels in teaching pronunciation within a regular EFL syllabus. It presents such a way of incorporating the phonetic and lexical components so as to facilitate students’ acquisition of a standard phonetic system and to prevent them from forming habitual mistakes in individual words. It highlights key areas of the English phonetic system and provides examples of strategies how to use a course-book for the sake of teaching pronunciation. The discussion of teaching the phonetic system relies on the comparison between its conscious and unconscious acquisition. Teaching individual vocabulary items (especially reversing habitual mispronunciations) is analysed through contrasting mental and behavioural learning.
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Appendix 1 A student’s speech: “The reflection of our souls”


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Appendix 1A student’s speech: “The reflection of our souls”

Once upon a time there lived an old wizard; he fathomed all the secrets and mysteries of the world, but one: the man. So he decided to create the ideal looking glass that would mirror the whole truth about the human nature. And one day it just happened: he created the money.

This story seems to be a fairy tale, and it is so. But as each tale it also contains a little bit of truth. Money is like a looking glass which shows our sickness. I decided to call this sickness “Midas syndrome”. Why? Just listen carefully.

I believe all of you know the story about mythological king Midas, who changed everything into gold only by touching it. At the beginning there is a strong belief that money can make our dreams come true. That thanks to it we can achieve our aims. Midas needed the money in order to become a powerful ruler. In present times we strive for a good social position, a comfortable, stabilized level of life and we believe that money is the only way to achieve it – the best way.

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