importance of phonetics and Phonology ASAP

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

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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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tdol said:
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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tdol said:
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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