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Clearly speaking
Pronunciation in action for teachers

Anne Burns and Stephanie Claire

Clearly speaking
Pronunciation in action for teachers

Anne Burns and Stephanie Claire

Published by the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research Macquarie University, Sydney NSW 2109 for the AMEP Research Centre on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Burns, Anne. Clearly speaking: pronunciation in action for teachers. Bibliography. ISBN 1 86408 873 7. 1. English language – Pronunciation. 2. Speech. I. Claire, Stephanie, 1944– . II. National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (Australia). III. Title. 428.13

© Macquarie University 2003 The AMEP Research Centre is a consortium of the National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research (NCELTR) at Macquarie University in Sydney, and the National Institute for Education at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The Research Centre was established in January 2000 and is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

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This book is sold subject to the conditions that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, resold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser. All rights reserved. No parts of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher. Project Manager: Louise Melov Production Supervisor: Kris Clarke Design and DTP: Helen Lavery Cover design: Helen Lavery Printed by: Ligare Pty Ltd

Clearly speaking
Contents
Acknowledgments 1 2 3 4 5 Background Using the materials for professional development Overview of the materials Principles of pronunciation adopted in the materials Understanding pronunciation iv 1 2 3 4 5

The importance of pronunciation in language learning An overview of pronunciation 6 Classroom presentations 9 9 13 16 19 21 24 27 32 34 37

Susan Boyer: Contextualising pronunciation Peter Norton: Stress at the suprasegmental level Jeannette McGregor: Intonation patterns Philip McIntyre: Linking words Peter Banks: Stress at the segmental level Margie Sainsbury: Breathing techniques and activities Stephanie Claire: Beyond the classroom – Learner strategies 7 8 9 Learner observations Further reading and other resources Overhead material for professional development

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Clearly speaking
Acknowledgments
The AMEP Research Centre would like to express its appreciation to the following people for their assistance in the development of the Clearly speaking project. Members of the Project Steering Committee

Peter Banks, Adelaide Institute of TAFE, English Language Service, SA Geoff Brindley, Macquarie University, NSW Anne Burns, Macquarie University, NSW Stella Cantatore, Southbank Institute of TAFE, Language and Literacy Service, Qld Stephanie Claire, NSW Adult Migrant English Service Judith Given, Southbank Institute of TAFE, Language and Literacy Service, Qld Nita Johnson, West Coast College of TAFE, Adult Migrant Education Service, WA Denise Murray, Macquarie University, NSW Cecile Raskall, acl Pty Ltd, Sydney, NSW Margaret Sainsbury, Canberra Institute of Technology, ACT Jacky Springall, Adult Multicultural Education Services (Victoria) Lynda Yates, La Trobe University, Vic

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Clearly speaking: Acknowledgments

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Background

This handbook accompanies the video Clearly speaking. Both the video and the handbook were produced as part of a national project conducted in Australia by the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Research Centre. The project reviewed literature on pronunciation and surveyed AMEP teachers...
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