Speaking and listening are the two most commonly used language skills. Most language is spoken, rather than written. Therefore, it is important to speak well and have clear pronunciation. These skills start at early stages of language learning. Building a strong foundation in speaking and pronunciation will pay dividends as students learn. To improve in these areas, you must practice. Let’s talk specifics.
1. Sign-up for a phonics, or speaking class each semester.
Your child needs to take phonics and speaking classes each semester especially if they are young. You want to develop good habits at an early age. Phonics is generally reserved for children 12 and under. When they are older, they will naturally learn phonics through vocabulary, reading and class discussions. Even young kids can sign up for speaking classes. These classes are usually focused around class discussions, and not so much about phonics. However, in that time the teacher will correct all pronunciation and speaking errors.
2. Listen to English audio at home, then repeat aloud.
This ties into the idea of review, which you may have read about earlier. Review is critical for learning. Listening and repeating something from a lesson can be a useful and effective means to improve pronunciation when you’re not in class. Listen to how the audio pronounces a word, then try to do the same. If you are watching a video, you should even watch the speaker’s mouth. By watching their mouth you can mimic the same movements so help with your pronunciation. Sound variations come from how we move our mouth muscles and tongue. You can re-watch any class video for this tactic.
3. Stick with one accent.
English is a global language. This means there will be hundreds of different English accents. Even with native English speakers there is a lot of variation of accent. Even simple words will vary across regions:
Most students will learn English from their local teachers and resources. However, if you have access to native, or high-level English speakers then let those teachers help with pronunciation. At an early age it is important to stay consistent with one accent. If you think your child will one day study in the United States, then perhaps practicing an American accent will be useful. Due to population numbers, the North American accent is the most widely spoken, but the British accent is commonly taught throughout Europe and parts of Asia. It is important to be able to understand multiple accents, but you only need to know how to speak with one.
4. Learn from different teachers.
It is important to be able to understand multiple accents, but you only need to know how to speak with one. Building a strong phonics foundation is important so children should try to learn from native speakers. However, it is not a requirement as long as the teacher’s speaking ability is similar to a native level. In the globalized world, there will become more variation in English accents. There is no perfect accent, nor one that is the #1 English accent in the world. When you travel to different countries, they may have English as their native language but if you are not familiar with their accent it may seem like a foreign language to you.
Can you understand him? He is a native English speaker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7MIyQS9p5E Answered by Chris Ternosky #spokenratherthanwritten #phonicsandspeaking #listentoEnglishaudio #repeataloud #stickwithoneaccent #learnfromdifferentteachers