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Friday, November 29, 2013

Structured Lessons in Listening

To encapsulate and give the overview as well as insights into the instructions of the structured lessons in listening, all the lesson-instructions written below were conducted step by step.

Lesson 1: Listen to your teacher read each question and pick out the parts of the intonation contour. Intonation is also used to indicate whether one is asking a question or making a statement. Listen to your teacher read each item: first, asking a question; second, making a statement using the same word (s). Listen again and repeat the intonation that your teacher used.

Lesson 2: Here's a selection. Divide the class into three (3) groups. Let each group assign a reader of this selection and ask the recorders to write on the board with the mispronounced words.

Lesson 3: Listen to your teacher read the sentences that follow. While he reads and, at the same time, takes note how the underlined words are pronounced and how they are marked. Be ready to answer these questions: What part of the underlined word has the primary stress? What syllable has the primary stress in intensive-reflexive pronouns?

Lesson 4: The students' performance in the production of the /I/ or /ε/ sound was very poor inasmuch as it is absent from the students' local dialect. Have a minimal pair drill.

Lesson 5: Listen to the teacher as he reads the selection, and list down all the words containing the /iy/, /I/ and /ε/ sounds. See that you produce the vowel sounds correctly. Also, observe pausing, blending, and intonation for correct English rhythm. Divide the class into three (3) teams and see whether each team has accurately made the list complete.

Lesson 6: Have a minimal pair drill of /iy/ and /I/, /ε/ and /ey/, /ε/ and /æ/, /a/ and /æ/, /æ/ and /^/, /uw/ and /u/, /ow/ and /כ/. Follow the same sounds with other phonetic symbols in the vowel triangle.

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The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward. The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires his listener with the wish to teach himself. ~Edward Bulwer-Lytton. A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. ~Author Unknown. What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches. ~Karl Menninger. Teaching should be full of ideas instead of stuffed with facts. ~Author Unknown. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. ~K. Patricia Cross

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