Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tools for Pronunciation

Well, the end of the fall semester is here and I thought I would share with you a few pronunciation tools that I picked up along the way. Pronunciation instruction is so important for ESL students no matter what their background is.  Not everyone can be web designers or code writers, but just by virtue of the fact that you found your way to this blog demonstrates that you are tech savvy enough to use Audacity software inside or outside of your classroom.  Audacity is free digital sound recording and editing software that works three platforms, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and GNU/Linux.

Teachers and students alike can utilize Audacity to analyze, compare, contrast and practice English pronunciation.  You don’t need to be familiar with every feature or watch any training videos.  All you need is a computer microphone and perhaps some portable speakers and you are ready to go! What is the point of repeating sounds or words without any way to check if your pronunciation is correct? Use Audacity to record native and non-native speakers to compare and contrast their speech.  Playback a student’s speech and watch students become aware of the difference in their speech and that of native speakers.  Because the software is free, students can download the software to their home computers for additional practice outside of the classroom!  
* To download Audacity, click here to be taken to the website or find the link on my Resource list!

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