Pronunciation and Phonology in the EFL Classroom - Traditional Spellings to Phonemic Spellings Pt. 1


Now let's take a look at how we go from traditional spellings into the phonemic spellings. The first step in this process is identifying each unit of sound or each phoneme within a word. Let's look at bet, bit, but, and bought. The only difference in each one of these words is in the vowel sound. We have bet, bit, but and bought. Each word simply uses three sounds. Now we have photo. That's four phonemes. Wow we have taxi. That's five phonemes. We have unite with a hidden phoneme in there being the ?y? sound before anything else. Those are five phonemes as well and now we have a longer word: chemistry. Let's give that a shot. That's eight phonemes used in the word chemistry. Now once we've isolated each sound we want to assign a phoneme for each one of those sounds let's do that now.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

Students are all different and learn English for various reasons. Identifying their needs and wants is crucial to monitor their progress and keep their motivation at optimum level. I guess that is what makes teaching exciting. To be able to teach to different group of individuals opens a teacher mind to so many different perspectives and point of view, it's really enriching.I have learnt a lot from this module although it did take me a while to understand each section. It is really interesting to see the usages of each verb within the context of this unit and how it applies. I do think I will need to keep practising this section in order to teach learners of English as I can see how it would get confusing but I think breaking it down will help.

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