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In this video i'll be showing what are weak forms, why are they important and how I applied an activity about it in a beginner class.

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Comment by Karin. Xie on December 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Hey Lynn.  cheers for your feedback. Your activity of standing and sitting to show the stress and weak sounds inspired me as well. I can apply it to this class as well if I have four students~

Comment by Lynn Brown on December 11, 2014 at 4:42pm

Hey Karin! Great video! You were able to highlight a lot of good points.  I liked that you asked for feedback after the class which really helped students become more aware of how words ARE pronunced differently with weak and strong forms! Excellent job!!!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 7, 2014 at 1:23pm

Hi Karin, 

Congratulations in uploading a fab video and for completing the Phonology course. It's great that you choose to focus a key feature of connected speech with your beginner learners. The strategies you use are of great support in raising learners' awareness about how English pronunciation changes depending on stress patterns. By integrating this into your classes you are developing strong study habits that will develop students' listening and speaking skills.

If you were to use this same topic in an exam interview on phonology, it's worth talking about how weak vowel sounds are often reduced to the schwa sound. This is the most frequent occurring vowel sound in English that all vowels can be reduced to if they are unstressed.


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