Internet Resources for Teaching
and Sharon Alayne Widmayer
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Why would I want
to use the Internet for teaching pronunciation?
highly motivating atmosphere
students can work on their own or in a lab
students can work at their own pace
audio & video clips can be played more than once
a vast array of timely, authentic materials is available
students can hear a wide variety of English
introduces students to valuable technology skills
What questions should
I ask myself before I begin?
Are your students familiar with “surfing the Internet”?
How much time outside of class do you expect students
to be able to work on technology-related projects?
Are you assuming that most of your students have home
What technology skills are you assuming that your students already
What do I need to
use the Internet for pronunciation?
a computer with a sound card
an Internet connection
headphones or speakers
a web browser (Netscape, Explorer, Mosaic, etc.)
plug-in software for listening and/or recording
So I have all the
materials, now what can my students & I do?
Learn from and explore sites created especially for the pronunciation student
Discover pronunciation patterns with authentic English sites
specific skills with authentic English sites
Could you give me
with formal and informal English
using “Foreign Accent Archive”
Stress & Intonation with poetry
Intonation with an interview
Discovering Sentence Stress
Counting Syllables with Haiku
We all have accents-- Foreign Accent Archive
On this site you will find recordings of many speakers
reading the same passage.
Listen to the speaker of your
native language and the North American speaker more than once.
What do you notice? Think about:
tone (which one sounds more “musical”)
stress (which things sound louder
Talk about your impressions with a partner
“Foreign Accent Archive” activities
introductory activity: after students listen to the archive and record their
impressions, make a big chart on the board about their impressions of English
& their language:
French Korean English
runs together doesn’t run runs together
Stress & Intonation with poetry
Read the Poem
"The road less traveled" by Robert Frost (http://www.poets.org/lit/poem/rfrost01.htm).
Discuss with your partner what you think the poem means.
are the content words (more stress)? Which words are structure words (quicker
and quieter)? Print out a copy of the poem and underline the content words.
your underlined poem with your partner. If you disagree, read the poem out
loud to decide who is right.
Now listen to the poem one more time, and see if there
are any changes you want to make in your underlined words.
How can I create
my own activities using sources that are already on the web?
make sure you have clearly defined your learning goal
& have found a suitable website
decide on the type of activity you want to do to reach
your learning goal
make sure your lesson is clearly planned with very specific
instructions for students
bring at least 2 backup activities in case there is a
problem with a website you planned to use
Going even further...
to create their own activities
record themselves--editable, e-mailable and no more tapes to carry!
– Self assessment
– peer assessment
– teacher assessment
activity, Limerick activity
Using the Sound recorder-- Stress & Limericks
Because limericks have such a distinct stress pattern,
they are a good tool for practicing rhythm.
Have students read & practice the rhythm using “Sixteen
Wonderful Old Women, 1-4” (http://www2.pair.com/mgraz/Lear/limbooks/wow01.html)
Then let your students write their own Limericks and
record them using the sound recorder on their computer (you don’t need fancy
A neat follow-up is to upload the text and audio of the
students’ poem to a class webpage.
How can I make my own Internet pronunciation activities?
audio or video tapes
– choose the appropriate
– check for necessary
– be aware of copyright
on your computer
– use a microphone and
sound files to your ISP account
What if I run into
Don’t panic! Be prepared.
try out your activities as close to classtime as possible
check for necessary plug-ins and hardware ahead of time
bring alternate activities using other websites
avoid exercises requiring students to visit the same
Internet connection too slow?
Not enough computers?
Use a backup site
Have students work on different activities
Use pair or group activities
Walk around the room or have students change stations