Fun with phonology!

How we can integrate phonology into our everyday classroom practice

Author: Anna Cole

Prioritising

When teaching English, we could probably divide phonology into two parts: on the one hand there’s intonation, stress and rhythm – the ‘music’ of English, and on the other, the phonemes or individual sounds. Most listeners will be able to make sense of any sound problems or mispronunciation from the context, but inappropriate intonation could lead to a breakdown in communication (or worse still, give the wrong impression about the speaker’s behaviour or character). Intonational aspects are therefore extremely important, and as such we should dedicate more time to them.

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