A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO THE BASIC SOUNDS AND RHYTHMS OF AMERICAN ENGLISH
Teaching pronunciation has long been the nightmare of the ESL teacher. How can we help our students toward comprehensibility and to overcome fossilization? How can we help them to clearly hear the sounds of English? REALISTICALLY SPEAKING has been field tested for fifteen years and works because of these simple facts: the human mouth consists of muscle groups, some strong, some weak. The muscle groups used and needed for one language are not necessarily the same as those used and needed for another. Thus, if we develop a series of simple articulation exercises targeting the most difficult sounds of English - a form of speech therapy for our students - the students will then be able to easily make (and hear) the necessary sounds of English.
The accompanying video and DVD models, in detail, (for both the teacher and student), how to do all the muscle exercises, as well as where to place the lips, tongue, jaws, air and voice to produce most of the consonant and vowel sounds of American English. Exercises in intonation, using famous children's rhymes, tongue twisters, real life conversations, dialogs, and games are included in the workbook as well. This workbook, video and DVD are well adapted to the class room and also ideal for school libraries, distance learning and home study. Extremely affordable and user friendly.