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Italian pronunciation problems and how to deal with them

 
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richs23



Joined: 06 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:18 am    Post subject: Italian pronunciation problems and how to deal with them Reply with quote

Hello- I need help with working on pronunciation generally. Shocked
I teach in italy so if anyone has tips on italian pronunciation probs specifically that would be great..

Also can anyone can recommend a decent "how to teach" pronunciation book- that would be good.. I remember one on my teaching course that had sections on each nationality and dealing with their specific probs that was pretty good.

thanks rich
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mrandmrsjohnqsmith



Joined: 23 Feb 2005
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Location: Japan

PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Teaching American English Pronunciation by Peter Avery and Susan Ehrlich (Oxford University Press 1992) has sections on a wide variety of nationalities and their specific English pronunciation problems.

A great deal of evidence exists supporting the idea that good pronunciation is best achieved when training in listening comes before training in pronunciation.

Like many, I prefer an operative definition of "good pronunciation" that involves understandability, as opposed to closeness to "native" speech.

Try not to discourage your students' Italian accents too much; Italian accents are cool!

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