EFL/ESL Teaching Tip: Things Teachers Should know about Pronunciation


This week’s video features James, the Head of Teacher Training here at Rennert, sharing some information about pronunciation that every language teacher should be aware of.

James discusses 3 points:

• Rising intonation for Wh-questions
• 5 different ways that we pronounce /t/
• The relationship between voiced/unvoiced consonants and the length of the vowel sound that follows them

In the first part of the video James explains that typically Wh- questions have falling intonation and yes/no questions have rising intonation. However, something to share with your students is that the falling intonation of a Wh- question can change to rising if a person is seeking clarification or asking someone to repeat what was just said.

The second point James brings up is that we commonly pronounce the /t/ sound in 5 different ways: with strong aspiration (attack) , with medium aspiration (melting), with no aspiration (sat), as a tap between vowel sounds (city) or as a glottal stop (kitten).

Lastly, James addresses the point that the vowel length before voiced or unvoiced consonants varies. A vowel sound that comes before a voiced consonant is longer than the vowel sound before an unvoiced consonant.

Please watch the video for more details and specific examples. I hope you found this helpful :).


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