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    Phonology lesson.

    Hi all,

    I am about to do a phonology lesson as a trainee teacher. Essentially, I have to find an effective way to teach: discrimination, awareness and production. My tools are, for example, a photo of a ship and a plate of chips and a bottle of sherry and a cherry, etc. Can anyone clarify this a little for me? Thanks!

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    Re: Phonology lesson.

    The relevant buzzwords are 'realia' (language teaching - real things that you use to prompt learners to say the relevant word) and 'minimal pair' (phonology - words that are distinguished by the alteration of just one phoneme). Afraid I don't have time now to do the research, but try googling these words. Your lesson needs to look at and practise awareness and discrimination of minimal pairs - perhaps just involving the phonemes /ɪ/ /i:/ /ʃ/ and /ʧ/, as your examples use those vowels and that voiceless fricative/affricate pair - and deal with producing the sounds involved in making those distinctions.

    Last edited by BobK; 16-Feb-2008 at 19:05. Reason: Referred to vowel change too

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    Re: Phonology lesson.

    Thanks Bob, that was really useful.

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