WELCOME!

This is a safe place to practice your pronunciation and prepare for each class before it comes! This is also a place to find homework and videos to help your pronunciation progress!

Introduction

Welcome to our course website! All the teachers of Pronunciation Practice at KNN hope that you use this website to improve your pronunciation at home so that you can use your time in class more effectively. You can’t improve your pronunciation very quickly without practice at home!

Pre-work

It is your responsibility to watch the class lecture BEFORE each lesson to help prepare you for the upcoming lesson. You should complete the pre-work also before class. Your teacher will check completion of this task.
Each week there will also be some links recommended that you should view before each class. Use this website to learn how to help YOURSELF  in pronunciation!

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WEEK 1: POST-WORK-Introduction to Articulators

*Record yourself reading the following diagnostic. Do not practice before recording. This will help your teacher and you understand sounds you need to work on in the semester.

Diagnostic
The weather today will be warm for the time of year and fine on the whole. There will be showers here and there though some places will miss out completely. The good spell should hold over the next two days but there may be fog over low ground in the early mornings. That is the end of the general forecast.
Now, answer these two questions.
–Describe the weather today.
–What is your favourite season and why?
Homework:

Before your next class you are responsible to watch the following videos and pay careful attention to them.

Link: IPA consonants

Link 2: IPA vowels

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WEEK 2: PRE-WORK-Reduced Vowel Sounds/ Word Stress I

Instructions: Watch the following video lecture clip on youtube, practicing the sound as you watch. Complete the activity in your workbook on pages 6-7 as you watch. 

DO NOT MAKE A RECORDING FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. JUST LISTEN AND PRACTICE.

Unit 2: Schwa Lecture: Video Link

*NOW Watch the following video clips on youtube, practicing the sound as you watch. There is no assignment for these videos. Just listen and practice. 

VIDEO 1: How to Pronounce the Schwa- Link

VIDEO 2: The British Schwa

If you DON’T have a student workbook, you can print the activity at: Pre-Work, Week 2, PDF Link

WEEK 2: POST-WORK-Reduced Vowel Sounds/ Word Stress I

Instructions: This week for POST-work. Do the activities in your workbook on pages 10-11. Now, listen to the audio and practice saying both pages. Next, make a recording of the exercises and sentences on page 10 and 11. Send this recording to your teacher before your next class.

Link to Audio on BBC (YOU CAN LISTEN TO THE WORDS AND SENTENCES HERE AND PRACTICE BEFORE RECORDING IT).

If you DON’T have a workbook, you can print it at: schwa_exercises (PDF)

WEEK 3: PRE-WORK-Dental Sounds/Word Stress II

Watch the following youtube video of the lecture and complete your pre-work assignment on page 12 of your workbook.

Video Link for Pre-Work week 3

Find these sounds on the following website. Practice saying them.

Link to Iowa University Phonetics site. 

Watch the following videos on Youtube. Practice saying the sounds as you watch. (There is no assignment for these videos)

Link 1

Link 2

Link 3

If you DON’T have a workbook, you can print the assignment here:  Pre-Work, Week 3, PDF

WEEK 3: POST-WORK-Dental Sounds/Word Stress II

First, watch the following video and practice your th sounds one more time!

Link to Video

Practice the following sentences many times at home! Make a recording and email it to your teacher before your week 4 class.

To practice before recording, watch this video. TH sound Post-Work Video

If you need help with the words, look them up in this English language dictionary with sound.  Link

WEEK 5: PRE-WORK-Voiced Consonants/Sentence Stress I

Listen to the following video and practice along with the speaker.
Complete the activities on the paper and bring the finished activities with you to class to show to your teacher.
Link to Pre-Work Video, Week 5.

Also, Watch the following videos on You Tube and practice!
Video: Voiced Consonant Sound 1
Video: Voiced Consonant Sound 2
Video: Voiced Consonant Sound 3
Video: Voiced Consonant Sound 4

If you don’t have a workbook, you can print the page at:  Pre-Work, Week 5