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TESOL Videos - Discreet vs Discrete - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
This video covers the difference between 'discreet' and 'discrete'. Their similar spelling and pronunciation makes them a word pair that is often confused. The word 'discreet' describes something that is unnoticeable and/or modest, whereas 'discrete' refers to something that is separate and distinct. Watch the video for detailed examples on the two words.
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Unit 13 covered teaching pronunciation and phonology. Although pronunciation and phonetics is rarely taught as school, these subjects are an integral part of learning English. Phonology is the study, science, analysis and classification of the physical properties of sounds. This unit focused on the stress, rhythm, intonation and concentrates on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Unit 13 teaches us that intonation is the variation in volume, pitch and carries the message in a whole sentence. Intonation is particularly important in questioning, agreeing or disagreeing and confirming statements; furthermore, it is fundamental in the expression of emotions or feelings like sadness, happiness, disbelief, uncertainty etc. This unit teaches us the 3 types of intonations: Fall/rise, rise/fall and neutral. And that intonation patterns can be powerful predictors of the nature of information to come. Unit 13 discusses techniques for indicating and teaching intonation consisting of gestures to indicate rising or falling tones, humming or singing out sentences to hear the stress and intonation, using the board to draw arrows indicating tone direction and even using noises to practice conveying different attitudes. This unit uses the phonemic alphabet to help us understand articulation and how we use our lips, mouth, tongue, nose and teeth to produce certain sounds to form words. I found this unit very interesting and helpful: It gave me an opportunity to dive deeper into how to teach an area of the English Language that is not always taught but is important for producing speech.