In this tutorial, we discuss common misconceptions about pronunciation in IELT speaking.
We look at:
- Five key pronunciation features in IELTS Speaking.
- Common misconceptions students have about pronunciation.
- Four strategies for improving pronunciation in IELTS.
- The importance of focusing on clear communication.
- How to use intonation to convey meaning in English language.
Table of Contents
- The Misunderstanding of Pronunciation
- Pronunciation Features
– Timing of Language
– Word Stress
– Individual Word Sounds
- Correcting Pronunciation
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The Misunderstanding of Pronunciation
Hello everyone, this is Ben. On today’s tutorial, I want to talk about speaking, and more specifically, pronunciation. I believe there’s a lot of misunderstanding regarding pronunciation. The band descriptors for speaking don’t really help; they’re vague. Many students express concerns about sounding native or having a strong accent. They often ask if they should try to sound British or American. Today, I hope to clear up some of these misunderstandings and misconceptions.
–Intonation: Intonation is the music of our speech. It’s the ups and downs of our voice when we talk. Each language has its own “music”, and intonation can affect the message you’re trying to convey.
–Chunking: Chunking is how we group our words together. It’s affected when you hesitate. Correct chunking helps the listener understand the message, while incorrect chunking can confuse them.
– Timing of Language: There are two types of timing in languages: stress-timed and syllable-timed. English is a stress-timed language, meaning stressed syllables are longer than unstressed ones.
– Word Stress: We stress certain words to give emphasis. This adds a layer of meaning to what we’re saying.
– Individual Word Sounds: Each language has certain sound patterns. Some of them are compatible with the sounds in English, and others are not. Mispronouncing certain sounds can lead to misunderstandings.
We’re fortunate to have the internet as a tool. Watching movies, TV shows, TED talks, and YouTube videos can help you study native speech. Listen, repeat, and copy until you can assimilate these pronunciation features. Recording yourself and comparing it to native speakers can also be beneficial. Although it might be uncomfortable, it’s a useful exercise. And of course, seeking help from a teacher or signing up for lessons can provide more opportunities to improve.
Thanks for listening and for your dedication to improving your speaking skills. Remember to practice, record, and compare. With time and effort, you’ll be on your way to achieving a great score in your speaking test. Visit IELTS podcast.com for more resources and support.
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