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Excellent! After years of responding to students' requests for elucidation of particular pronunciation items and contrasts, using texts like 'Pronunciation Pairs' as warm up exercises, and handing out the occasional handwritten sheets on reductions, I finally realized a couple of years ago that students struggled with English so much simply because they could not recognize the phonological patterns in spoken speech. I've always noticed that there were always a few students that understood spoken English better than most, but it did not occur to me in a clear, cognitive way that they weren't just naturally 'good' at English- their brains had somehow processed and internalized spoken speech patterns better than the average person. Once I began collecting materials on colloquial speech patterns (American Accent Training is my main text now) and started coding blends and reductions using IPA, 'average' students also internalized the speech much better and my students' listening comprehension shot way up.
It's my opinion that if a teacher is specifically teaching 'Oral English,' then phonology better be the meat and potatoes of most of the lessons. Your students will be forever grateful to you for reducing those impossible to hear links and blends into manageable bite-sized pieces for them.
In a way this chapter was vindicating for me and my style of teaching. Thanks!