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TESOL Videos - TESOL review from Polina
This TESOL review is from Polina. She is from Greece and recently completed our 120-hour online TEFL/TESOL training course right next to the beach at home. She found the course to be very interesting and learned a lot of new things. She is excited to use her new learned skills at the end of the year when she is going back to the capital city of Athens to work with new clients.
This is what one of our TEFL graduates feels he has gained from the course, or a part of it, and how he plans to put into action what he has learned.
This unit covers the topic of pronunciation and phonology. We're introduced to the phonology of English, particularly in the areas of stress, rhythm, and intonation. The International Phonetic Alphabet was also introduced to act as an assisting material when teaching students. Intonation is the fluctuation of our sounds and pitch in a whole sentence, and stress is the emphasis on the individual words. Intonation is important when we ask questions, agree or disagree, and confirming statement. Is it also how we convey our emotions whether we feel happy, unhappy, or angry etc. There are four typical patterns of intonation. Rise and fall tone is associated with making a statement. Fall and rise tone is associated with surprise and disagreement, it prompt the other person to respond. Rising tone are usually short replies or return greetings. Lastly, the flat tone are associated with unmotivated mood or sarcastic comments. Stress when used along with intonation can drastically change the original meaning of a sentence whether intentionally or accidentally. Example: That cake sure taste good. If the stress is put on cake, we need to think if it's a substitute for something else. If the stress if put on sure instead, we need to think whether the cake is actually good. The phonemic symbols are the international standards of sounds for spoken languages. It usually appear in dictionaries besides the words. This is meant to assist student and teachers alike for clearer pronunciation. Articulate is the study of our mouth structure and how the sound are produced. It clarify what are the voiced consonants and unvoiced consonants. It also teaches us what organs are used to produce a specific sound. In general, I've learned a lot about how intricate our mouth organs behave in order to produce a variety of sounds, how to read phonetic symbols and how intonation and stress can alter the meaning of a sentence.