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TESOL Videos - How to Pronounce 'FIREBRAND'- English Grammar
In this episode, we cover the pronunciation of the word firebrand. This word has two different meanings. The first meaning is quite literal and describes burning wood. The second meaning is rather figurative as it refers to a person who is usually inflicting change as a result of being passionate about a certain topic or cause.
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This unit is about teaching pronunciation and phonology of English language. Phonology is the study, science, analysis and classification of physical properties of sounds. Therefore phonology can be divided into stress, rhythm and intonation. Intonation is the variation in volume and pitch within an entire sentence. The normal pattern of intonation in a statement is the rise/fall intonation. When the speaker wants his or her audience to respond in some way, the intonation pattern is fall/rise. A fall/rise pattern can also mean the speaker hasn't yet finished what he/she wants to say. There can be different techniques for indicating and teaching intonation such as by gesture, singing, marking on board or just by using non-sense words. The stress is used on a particular word to define the meaning of sentence. Stress on words can be on first, last, penultimate or ante-penultimate syllables and the compound words. The is lack of stress also on majority of syllables in a sentence. There different techniques for indicating and teaching stress are contrastive stress, by gesture, choral work, the board and stress marks. the sound joining of sentence can be by linking, sound dropping, sound changing or extra lettering. The phonemic symbols are used to explain the pronunciation of words. The articulation of English letters and words is divided into place of articulation in mouth like velar, palatal, alveolar, etc or the manner of articulation like plosive, fricative, nasal, lateral, affricate, etc. The different teaching techniques for pronunciation of individual sounds are peer dictation, teaching from own mouth, visuals, phonemes and tongue twisters.