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Teaching Pronunciation: A Reference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Paperback – October 13, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0521406949 ISBN-10: 0521406943

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 13, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521406943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521406949
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book deserves to become the bible and workshop manual of teachers of American English.' IATEFL SIG 'Speak Out' Jan 99

Book Description

Teaching Pronunciation offers current and prospective teachers of English a comprehensive treatment of pronunciation pedagogy, drawing on current theory and practice. An overview of teaching issues from the perspective of different methodologies and second language acquisition research is provided. It has a thorough grounding in the sound system of North American English, and contains insights into how this sound system intersects with listening, morphology, and spelling. It also contains diagnostic tools, assessment measures, and suggestions for syllabus design. Follow-up exercises guide teachers in developing a range of classroom activities within a communicative framework.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Hall on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the best introduction to pronunciation for ESL teachers. It achieves a rare balance between theory and practice, and has enough class-ready material that it also serves as a good source book. Additionally, the references are as complete an introduction to the literature as one could hope for. This volume is really a goldmine for ESL instructors (I know, I am one!)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was fantastic!!! It has clear explanations of the sometimes complex and confusing facets of English pronunciation. It gives a lot of ideas on how to present phonology in an interesting, communicative, and meaningful way. It is one of the best books in the ESL field that I have ever read. The 17 appendices included in the book are very useful. I commend the authors and highly recommend this book to any teacher of pronunciation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H on February 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is full of excellent, research based ideas for teaching pronunciation. I have used this book many times to create lessons for students of all ages and abilities. This is an essential reference book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 2003
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This cassette accompanying the book is really useful. It covers some important things that the book doesn't have space for. It can be guaranteed that after a thorough study of the book and the cassette one can be a much better ESL teacher or student. You probably won't regret buying them. You would love to have them on your bookshelf as references and resources for many years.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Coady on November 16, 2008
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I bought this along with the authors' grammar reference, which has proven an expensive mistake. The two are college level texts and probably quite good for those engaged in intellectual pursuits. I, on the other hand, teach ESL as a volunteer and was simply looking to shore up my practical knowledge of the subjects. Both texts contain virtually no such information. In fact, they assume a significant knowledge of linguistics and linguistic theory; they are literally packed with obscure jargon that I presume familiar to some set of initiates but certainly far beyond my ken. If your situation is analogous to mine, I suggest Side by Side Spanish & English Grammar and Practice Makes Perfect English Pronouns and Prepositions--much less expensive ($30 the pair I think) and much more practical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Lingenfelter on July 5, 2009
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I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed by this book.
During my undergraduate years as an English/TESOL student I was subjected to books that sold well but lacked depth and seemed to leave me wanting to know more. Graduate school to the MA level didn't help the matter any as the books increased in price but still left me feeling like there was more I needed to know.
Then, as an instructor, a fellow mentioned this book as a comprehensive curriculum for teaching oneself about the field of teaching pronunciation and I am impressed with the depth and scholarly form that invite me to do more research in order to investigate theories I am curious about. Thanks to the authors for such a useful self-teaching text.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marielis Sexto on May 30, 2007
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Accurate and easy guide for teachers or anyone who desires to understand, apply and explain phonetics. Simple tables and pictures for better comprehension. Includes NAE transcription key (consonants, stressed and unstressed vowels), and it even covers the history of teaching pronunciation in the first chapters.

Totally recomend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hyang on November 8, 2001
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this book is not only good for the ESL/EFL teachers but also good for the teachers who is teaching many other language..
if you want to know the theory and the practice of pronunciation I think this book is really helpful for you~
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