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Clear Speech Student's Book: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in North American English Paperback – August 13, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1107682955 ISBN-10: 1107682959 Edition: 4th

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Book Description

The Clear Speech, Fourth Edition, Student's Book provides easy-to-follow presentations, helpful rules, and extensive practice in pronunciation. This revised edition offers new and updated content, additional visual support, and is now in full color. The full Student's Book audio program is available for download at www.cambridge.org/clearspeech
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Product Details

  • Series: Clear Speech
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107682959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107682955
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Judy B. Gilbert is an internationally respected authority on teaching English pronunciation. A teacher and teacher trainer, Ms. Gilbert has traveled widely, presenting workshops and lectures. In addition, she has chaired seminars and colloquia around the world.

A founding member of the TESOL Speech Pronunciation Interest Section, Ms. Gilbert is also a distinguished member of the IATEFL Pronunciation Interest Group.

Customer Reviews

That said, the student book is a great teacher's book.
Stephen Morefield
This book has helped a whole lot in polish up my sons english speech, writing and understanding... Thanks You Very Much!!
Sammy Burgos
It has a pleasant approach that makes students feel comfortable.
lingvistika

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By lingvistika on December 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
I started teaching with the second edition of Clear Speech in the early 1990s, and although I have tried other pronunciation textbooks at times, I still go back to Clear Speech. It has a pleasant approach that makes students feel comfortable. Unlike many pronunciation resources, it doesn't just focus on individual sounds, but on all of the things that go into making English speech intelligible, including word stress, rhythm and prosody. The book also gives rules that help students figure out, with a rather good rate of accuracy, how to pronounce vowels based on the spelling of the words they are in, thus easing what is otherwise often a torment for new speakers of English.

The 4th edition has been thoughtfully revised to be even more helpful, and the attractive color graphics and illustrations make using the book still more pleasant.

Clear Speech is not only good for learning pronunciation, however. I used to say that the book also teaches clear listening, because the exercises intended to help learners pronounce better also make them better at deciphering natural native English speech when they hear it. Also, I had an advanced student once who, at my suggestion, used Clear Speech in conjunction with elementary level handwriting books to teach her mother-in-law to read and write in English. So, while the book is intended as a pronunciation method, it benefits learners in many other ways.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Vaughan-Rees on March 5, 2013
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Judy Gilbert's 'Clear Speech' has, for years, been an essential help for teachers of American English who are aware of the importance of pronunciation in the syllabus. What has been fascinating to watch is how, from one edition to the next, the author has incorporated new ideas about what actually happens when we speak (and when we listen to speech), while sticking to her basic approach: how to make things simple, clear and fun.

Not only that: the people at Cambridge University Press have also done their bit in improving each edition. The layout is clearer; colour is increasingly used not just to make the book look good but also to highlight key aspects of speech; the diagrams illustrating what actually happens in the production of sounds are useful and dramatic.

Perhaps the most intriguing innovation is the use of modern technology to improve the learning process, especially when the student is working without a teacher. The complete audio program for the listening tasks is available for students to download as MP3s on the 'Clear Speech' website; and (for younger learners) a games app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available for a modest price.

Congratulations all round.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Morefield on March 19, 2013
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First of all, let me say that Judy Gilbert knows a lot about pronunciation. This is not just a book of pronunciation practice. It is a book about the whys and hows of pronunciation. I don't agree with everything in it, and it would be a difficult book for any of my students to understand--the student book uses words like continuants, stops, glide, and structure words. It uses a phonetic symbol scheme that has some unusual symbols in it. And it's difficult to download the listening files (you have to do them one by one). That said, the student book is a great teacher's book. It has changed the way I teach pronunciation forever. I will use and reuse some of the exercises in the book for the rest of my career. It is the best book on American English pronunciation I have ever read. Every American EFL/ESL teacher, whether or not they believe in teaching pronunciation, should own this book. I just think it's too difficult for the average student.

*EFL = English as a Foreign Language, for speakers of English outside of the US or Canada
ESL = English as a Second Language, for speakers of English living in the US or Canada, or thinking of migrating there
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Han on June 1, 2013
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it is a great book for English learners who want to focus on improving their intonation areas.
I really like the way it presents rhythm and stress in English.
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By Myo Chit on August 17, 2014
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Book helps me much to improve my English. Thanks.
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This book is everything that I needded! Perfect to teach and learn English pronunciation!!!
My learners are very exciting with it!
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By Natalia on March 10, 2014
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I bought this book for a pronunciation class. It is very clear and easy to read. I will be using it for a long time.
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By Sammy Burgos on February 9, 2014
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This book has helped a whole lot in polish up my sons english speech, writing and understanding... Thanks You Very Much!!
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