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    What is the importance of using phonetics and phonology in teaching English for foreign students?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmt_mst
    What is the importance of using phonetics and phonology in teaching English for foreign students?
    These fields would help foreign students learn how to pronounce English words and sentences. :wink:

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    It depends on how you do it. Many students don't have much interest in learning phonemic symbols. Teaching in the UK, I do find that they way words change in spoken English is very important for students to understand native speakers, especially unstressed forms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It depends on how you do it. Many students don't have much interest in learning phonemic symbols. Teaching in the UK, I do find that they way words change in spoken English is very important for students to understand native speakers, especially unstressed forms.
    That's an excellent point. I am actually a bigger fan of "phonics" than I am of "phonetics". The various vowel and consonant sounds can be taught without the use of elaborate symbols.

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    I agree, but teaching the mechanics of the sound changes is useful. I rarely use symbols to explain things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I agree, but teaching the mechanics of the sound changes is useful. I rarely use symbols to explain things.
    It takes longer to explain the symbols. +|

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