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Teaching connected speech with Jason Zhang

In this video, you can find a helpful practice in teaching 'assimilation', 'elision' and 'weak form' as in connected speech.

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Comment by Emma Davies on December 4, 2014 at 1:41pm

Hi Jason, I really liked this video. I think your diagrams and commentary were really useful, and were a great way to explain and talk about the problem at hand. You are very thorough and the the layout of your video is very clear and logical. In the activity, drawing your student's attention to the difference between her pronunciation and the recording seems to be an effective way teaching her to listen for features of connected speech in English. Well done!

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 5:12pm

Hey Jason that's a great video! I like the self discovery element of it! Students are encouraged to discover the rules themselves and get corrected if they are wrong! And they get to practice the correct version in the end! Good job!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 1, 2014 at 9:59am

Hi Jason, 

Congratulations on completing the Phonology course and for being the first to upload your video assignment!

Your presentation has a strong structure - you look at the differences between Chinese and English in depth in exploring why students encounter difficulties with features of connected speech. In addition, you look at he different features of connected speech and provide clear examples of each. For the 'how' part of your video you demonstrate how we can support learners' pronunciation by integrating it into our classes. You also state this in your justification for adopting this strategy when you talk about 'how could this help students'.

This is a clear and thoroughly researched presentation that you should be very proud of.


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