Week 9 Phonology Task.
Correcting, coaching and drilling correct pronunciation of /θ/ and /ð/.
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Great video. I liked how you used the visuals to enhance the students awareness of the physical placement of the tongue within the mouth. It's a nice graphic that shows the movement of the tongue. I'm sure in previous lessons getting the students to hold their tongues during the practice must have caused a lot of laughs. I'm going to give it a try.
Great you included the practice before the teaching at the beginning Mark. You can see the students improving during the lesson, especially the gent, second on the left. Would you be able to include a link to the website here? Looks like a great resource!
It's great that you took on a pronunciation point that our students really struggle with. I was especially impressed by the way you used a mix of visual, auditory and kinesthetic techniques to support learners in articulating and differentiating between these two sounds. You're presentation has great structure and addresses why the sound is a problem, how the sound is formed and what we can do to support students. Good stuff.
In the Diploma phonology interview the examiner may ask you about the fricative voiced and unvoiced characteristics of these sounds. In the follow-up questions, I anticipate they would also ask whether there are any other pairs of fricatives and/or affricatives that students also find challenging and how they are articulated. If they were being especially tough, they may ask whether any other learners experience similar problems - aside from the majority of Asian languages, French speakers also comes to mind.
Think about these points and you'd be set to go straight into the interview no problem :)
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