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Linking sounds are a common feature of connected speech our Chinese learners find challenging. Watch Chris Fung raise learners' awareness of linking sounds and get them practicing to develop their pronunciation.

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Comment by Emma Davies on December 4, 2014 at 1:26pm

Well done Chris! This is a great video, I think you explain everything very clearly and logically, and you also present the topic and activity very well to your students. Linking vowels are a very important part of connected speech, and it's an important point to address for Chinese learners of English. Thank you, I really enjoyed this video and it gave me a lot of good ideas for my own classes.

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 5:24pm

Hey Chris, that's a very professional video. First the video itself is of very good picture/sound quality. And I like your enthusiasm in class. The technique you used certainly got students engaged and they were made more aware of the importance of vowels in terms of connected speech. I do think it will be better if you make everyone stand up and mingle in the final task, so that they can practice with different people and ask as many questions as possible instead of sitting down. Overall the video is very impressive and I really enjoyed watching it!

Comment by Bryan.Zhu on December 3, 2014 at 12:48pm

Hi Chris, I like how you controlled the lesson and had students make progress step by step. Linking vowel sounds has always been a difficult part our learners face. I do similar activities with my students and also found them beneficial for them. By the way, is that a life club classroom? It looks so much bigger than our life club classrooms here in SZDWG. LOL...

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 1, 2014 at 4:38pm

Hi Chris,

Congratulations on completing your final assignment for the EF Certificate in Teaching Phonology. I enjoyed watching you conduct a discovery activity with your learners - there was a fantastic eureka moment where learners listen and watch your gestures and realize how the sounds link in the phrase Do you like apples?

You do a fantastic job in using gestures and body language in introducing and modeling linking sounds to your learners. It's certainly worth noting this if you were to present on this topic in a formal phonology interview as this supports learners' understanding of the concept. Another point worth noting is the way you squeeze a comprehensive introduction, rationale and demonstration all under the five-minute limit. Excellent time management.


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