Hi,

A friend of mine recommended a teacher for me in order to master english, the problem is that she more focusing on pronunciation and neglecting other language aspects. Is it a good way to improve my english level or not?

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thanks

Obviously, teaching pronunciation to the exclusion of any other aspect of the language is not an effective way to learn; however, I do employ considerable pronunciation training and practice in my conversational English classes (i.e., those that focus on speaking and listening rather than reading and writing).

There are several reasons:

(1) Learning natural spoken pronunciation oneself enhances listening skills as well; students often have difficulty understanding spoken English because of native pronunciations different from their preconceptions. I use a number of reduction and liaison activities that show how native conversation differs from dictionary indications of word pronunciation. I also work on sentence stress patterns and rhythms.

(2) Learning to read and write IPA instead of attempting transcriptions using L1 'equivalents' allows the student to record native pronunciation more accurately and understand the physics of speech. The Japanese use of their kana, for instance, to transcribe English pronunciation has been particularly disastrous, as their simple vowel system cannot even approximate the range of English vowel sounds.

(3) In addition, I have found that when students are focusing on a pronunciation activity, they forget some of their fear of speaking out; they speak louder and more confidently and can actually be engaged in conversation more readily during such activities.

I have always loved the precision/preciseness with which you write, MM.

Tom

Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Mister Micawber

The Japanese use of their kana, for instance, to transcribe English pronunciation has been particularly disastrous

That is true.

Mister Micawber

Obviously, teaching pronunciation to the exclusion of any other aspect of the language is not an effective way to learn

That explains everything. Things are all inter-related. It's not like one thing is THE thing and we can ignore the rest. I don't know about other countries, but many teachers in my country seem to be biased toward one thing, making light of the others.

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