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    Default How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    The question is in the title - how many sounds do you introduce to your students? (I would appreciate the number and examples - the charts of English sounds that you use in teaching).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    How many sounds I used actually to teach depended on the learners’ native language. With Czech speakers, for example, I would spend nearly as much time on aspirated /p/ as on most of the other phonemes together.


    Much of my work on pronunciation was devoted to word and sentence stress, chunking and intonation, plus the usually small number of phonemes that the learners had difficulty with.

    If you are asking about how many sounds I wanted my learners to produce as accurately as possible, the answer is the 43 phonemes here, plus non-phonemic /i/ and /u/, syllabic /l/, /m/ and /n,/, and the glottal stop. I did not worry particularly about /ʊə/, as many native speakers don’t use it. If necessary, I would work on allophones such as aspirated and unaspirated /p/ and clear and dark /l/.

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If you are asking about how many sounds I wanted my learners to produce as accurately as possible, the answer is the 43 phonemes here, <...> I did not worry particularly about /ʊə/, as many native speakers don’t use it....
    How then the native speakers pronounce the words sure, pure, mature, endure, our, hour etc.?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Sure

    The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary gives /ʃɔ:/ and /ʃʊə/ for BrE, /ʃʊər/ and /ʃɜ: for AmE. The Cambridge English Pronunciation Dictionary gives /ʃɔ:r/ and /ʃʊər/ for BrE and /ʃʊr/ for AmE.


    Wells's LPD Preference Poll for BrE suggest that 46% of speakers say /ʃɔ:/ and 54% /ʃʊə/. /ʃɔ:/is becoming more common among young people.
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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
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    Wells's LPD Preference Poll for BrE suggest that 46% of speakers say /ʃɔ:/ and 54% /ʃʊə/. /ʃɔ:/is becoming more common among young people.
    And pure, mature, endure? Is their pronunciation also changing?
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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Yes

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Yes
    In what way?
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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    In the way that you appeared to be asking about: /ʃɔ:/is becoming more common among young people.

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    Oh, do the Czechs not use /p/?

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    Default Re: How many English sounds do ESL teachers teach?

    They do, but it's a lenis form that sounds very much like /b/ to speakers of English.

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