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English Pronunciation and Phonics Level 7

Secondary 1 – Secondary 2

10 (Suggested)

1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Course Name: English Pronunciation and Phonics Level 7

Level: Secondary 1 – Secondary 2

No. of Lessons: 10 (Suggested)

Lesson Duration: 1 hr 30 mins (Suggested)

Instructors: Native English teachers with a university degree ; related teaching experience, and/or teacher training such as TEFL, TESOL, CELTA, PGDE/PCEd, etc.

Objectives

This course aims at improving students’ pronunciation using the synthetic phonics system. By the end of the course, students will be able to

  • break down words into syllables
  • locate any prefixes and suffixes in unfamiliar words
  • pronounce and spell simple words by breaking down into phonemes
  • differentiate similar sounding words
  • pronounce common mispronounced words correctly
  • stress multi-syllable words correctly
  • pronounce words that have –ed and –s/-es endings accurately

Features

Essential concepts for English pronunciation such as phonemes, graphemes, syllables, parts of speech, word stress and affixes are introduced along with often confused pairs of vowels and consonants.

In this course, students will not only have plenty of opportunities to practise sample dialogues, poems and stories, they will also have chances to brainstorm words with target sounds and produce pieces of composition of their own.

Outline

Unit 1: Vowels and Consonants


    • A. Vowels versus consonants
           a. Article ‘a’ or ‘an’
           b. Article ‘the’
    • B. Phonemes, syllables and word stress
    • C. The pronunciation of -s/-es endings
    • D. Target sounds
           a. Part 1: /e/ and /a/ sounds (bed versus bad)
           b. Part 2: Short /oo/ and long /oo/ sounds (book versus boot)

Unit 2: English Words


    • A. The basic structures of English words
           Prefixes and suffixes
    • B. Suffixes and word stress
    • C. Target sounds
           a. Part 1: /i/ and /ee/ sounds (fit versus feet)
           b. Part 2: /o/ and /or/ sounds (pot versus port)

Unit 3: Consonant-Vowel Linking


    • A. Linking words together
           a. Consonant-Vowel Linking
    • B. Target sounds
           Part 1: /f/ and /v/ sounds (fine versus vine)
           Part 2: Two ways to pronounce ‘th’ in English
           Part 3: /f/ and /th/ (unvoiced) sounds (fin versus thin)
           Part 4: /d/ and /th/ (voiced) sounds (dough versus though)

Unit 4: -ed Endings


    • A. The pronunciation of –ed endings
    • B. Prefixes and word stress
    • C. Target sounds
           Part 1: /ai/ and /ie/ sounds (trail versus trial)
           Part 2: /oi/ and /ou/ sounds (boy versus bough)

Unit 5: Silent Consonants


    • A. Silent consonants
           a. Part 1: Silent ‘b’
           b. Part 2: Silent ‘k’
           c. Part 3: Silent ‘w’ (e.g. wrong, wrap)
    • B. Target sounds
           Part 1: /s/, /sh/ and /zh/ sounds (sore versus sure)
           Part 2: /ch/ and /j/ sounds (cheap versus jeap)

Unit 6: Heteronyms


    • A. Heteronyms
           (bow(a weapon) versus bow(to bend the body))
    • B. Parts of speech and word stress
           (increase(n.) versus increase (v.))
    • C. Target sounds
           Part 1: /oa/ and /ou/ sounds (coach versus couch)
           Part 2: /ear/ and /air/ sounds (pier versus pear)

Unit 7: Vowel-Vowel Linking


    • A. Linking words together
           a. Vowel-Vowel Linking
           b. Consonant-Consonant Linking
    • B. Target sounds
           Part 1: /pr/ and /pl/ sounds (praise versus place)
           Part 2: /br/ and /bl/ sounds (brew versus blue)

Unit 8: Homophones


    • A. Homophones (knead versus need)
    • B. Schwa sound (offend, about, above, control, letter, carrot)

Unit 9: Rhythm


    • A. Rhythm
    • B. Target sounds
           Part 1: /p/ and /b/ sounds (pin versus bin)
           Part 2: /fr/ and /fl/ sounds (free versus flea)
           Part 3: /tr/ and /dr/ sounds (true versus drew)
    • C. Commonly mispronounced words

Unit 10: Foreign Words


    • Foreign words
    • Commonly mispronounced words