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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 2 Fragments of theatre plays


Play 1: Arms and the Man by G. B. Shaw

Fragment of Act (I illustrating changing habitual mispronunciations, in this case the stress pattern of “commander”):

CATHERINE [with surging enthusiasm] You can’t guess how splendid it is. A cavalry charge! Think of that! He defied our Russian commanders – acted without orders – led a charge on his own responsibility – headed it himself – was the first man to sweep through their guns43. And you! you kept Sergius waiting a year before you would be betrothed to him.

Fragment of Act III (illustrating practicing sound [h]):

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