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Sounds of Speech Phone App

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Sounds of Speech (English) mobile application. This site contains animations of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. Available for each consonant and vowel is an animated articulatory diagram, a step-by-step description, and video-audio of the sound spoken in context. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language. Recently added to help fund further development you may buy an Android or iPhone Mobile app for English Phonetic Sounds of Speech. Use this to help learn the sounds of English.

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Phonetics: The sounds of American English

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Example of Voiced TH Sound (e.g."these")

Example of Voiced TH Sound (e.g.”these”)

The University of Iowa displays English sounds by their phonetic symbol. Click on the symbol to hear how it sounds, see a native American English speaker pronounce the “letter” sound, see a graphic of how it’s made in the mouth or go to the description icon to read how to say the sound!

 

Source: Phonetics: The sounds of American English

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Teaching English Pronunciation Skills

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The slides below were created through a free Linked In program that enables LinkedIn account holders to upload, download and share slides for personal, restricted or public use. The slides below offer an overview of how to teach English pronunciation skills.

 

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Reading2success: What? Yes, when r follows a vowel, r changes the vowel sound – R-controlled vowels!

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Below is just one of many activtities for teaching children how to pronounce the /r/ sound offered by the Reading2Success site listed below.

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Source: Reading2success: What? Yes, when r follows a vowel, r changes the vowel sound – R-controlled vowels!

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English In Life – Resources for ESL/EFL

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English language learners:  Have FUN while you learn from this site’s interactive games and activities using real-life situations.  If you like this English in Life site, please share it with your friends!

Source: English In Life – Resources for ESL/EFL

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ESL Kids Classroom Games & Activities

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This ESL Kids Stuff site offers songs, 1000+ worksheets, 1,500+ flashcards, readers, crafts, games, apps, lesson units, and even templates for student awards and lesson planning!  Lessons are designed for children aged 3-11 years.  Membership is US $29/year for unlimited access to downloadable and on-line material.

Teachers and tutors can go to the Teacher’s Resource page for ideas and continuing education.  Among the items they’ll find on this page are links to the site’s ESL Kids Classroom Games & Activities list and an article entitled, “Adapt Your Lessons to Cater to the Different Learning Styles of Your Students.” I hope you find this site useful for your purposes!

Source: http://www.eslkidstuff.com

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Do2learn: Free Picture Communication Cards, Songs, Games and Learning Activities 

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This site offers FREE picture communication cards, songs, games and learning activities for English Language learners (picture vocabulary).  They are designed to help native English speakers with communication-related disabilities, but the activities and pictures are helpful for ANY person learning to speak, read and write in English.

Source: Do2learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs

“Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses” (A Message Worth Sharing)

I would like to ask you to share the poem below with as many people as you can so we can revive these principles and, in so doing, restore our country’s reputation as a place of refuge and where dreams are possible before it’s lost forever.   I believe we need to understand what people experience, foster cooperation over competition, and allow everyone a chance to shine, discover their unique qualities while appreciating what others have to offer–whatever that may be.  I also believe we should value all contributions and abilities, not only the “academic” skills so prized today.  Artists, caretakers, entrepeneurs, nonprofessional athletes, plumbers, mechanics, actors, beauticians, servers, customer service representatives deserve just as much appreciation and admiration for what they do as we currently give to the people who earn 10x as much–or more.

Please take time to thank those who give you joy and help you in some way–and to find out something about them. You may discover that you have something in common with them, learn something fascinating or make a new friend!

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Source: All Ways Learning

 

Phrases and Words Used to Connect English Statements, Topics and Ideas Together

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This document is an excellent reference source for learning how to connect thoughts, subjects and statements together in speaking and in writing.  It offers a list, which can then be used with an English language learner’s dictionary to find out how to use them correctly!

Source: Linking Words