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Clear Speech from the Start Student's book

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ISBN-13: 978-0521637374
ISBN-10: 0521637376
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The Student's Book concentrates on features that will have the most significant impact on a student's ability to understand and communicate with others such as stress, rhythm and intonation. It also focuses on speech sounds that carry specific grammatical meaning, such as the plural “s” and the past tense “ed” ending. The text presents these features through kinesthetic exercises and visual and auditory modeling, thus making them accessible even to beginners.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 23, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521637376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521637374
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shu Ping on April 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
Now, I've seen some pretty innovative approaches to illustrating pronunciation. But this takes the prize so far.

From the author's letter to teachers:

"For years, teachers have been asking me to write a version of my intermediate level book, Clear Speech, that would be usable for beginners. They said that it would make more sense to help students with pronunciation early, rather than wait until they have developed habits that are hard to overcome. Also, teachers often found that their beginning students became discouraged when people didn't understand what they were saying, and of course, a discouraged student is harder to teach. Teachers who were trying to help their beginning students with pronunciation expressed frustration with the limited results they were getting from traditional methods of drilling minimal pair (e.g., ship/sheep) or asking students to "sound out" the letters in print. [ e.g. "Do you want to go to the store? / Doo yoo wahnt too goh too thuh stor?" ] They were asking for a more effective approach.

All of this made sense to me. But the problems was that I just couldn't think of an approach that would work. For one thing, beginners simply don't have enough vocabulary to understand explanations. And with so much else to learn, there isn't much class time for pronunciation. One thing was clear to me: A really useful book had to be radically different from any other in the field, including my own intermediate level book."

The author has succeeded beyond everyone's expectations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison on January 25, 2012
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I teach ESL to adults and have relied on this book for my pronunciation classes for years. It covers crucial topics like relative vowel vs. alphabet vowel sounds, number of syllables,word stress, linking and intonation with clear and engaging activities and explanations. The pictures of the tongue and lip shapes are helpful to make students aware of the physical requirements of making different sounds. Be aware that the student CD does not include all the audio tracks--you must buy the teacher's CD set. A vital first text for beginning ESL students!
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By Douglas F Walters on August 9, 2015
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no cd!!!!!
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5 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "crymccs" on November 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you have some problem of English pronounciation,
You should use it.
Because it is really useful for them, and
it is really helpful.
So, you should use it if you have some problems.
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