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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds In terms of errors, maybe, the W. We all know that here. The W is very difficult to pronounce for Hungarian students as opposed to the R for Japanese. When they learn Spanish, for example, and it makes it very interesting to always prepare a lesson. Because you have to expect and prepare those mistakes. In China, for Chinese, lots of time you don’t need to use the tongue. Just to keep the same position of the tongue. And the way you speak English, you have to find the position of the tongue. And then you have to use it more often than Chinese. So this is a difficult part.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds And then the other part is that when you speak the sentence, there are lots of contraction. Lots of change of the syllable. Lots of rhythm and intonation. So this is more difficult part for me.

Challenges with pronunciation

Pronunciation is an area of language which can sometimes play a less significant role in language lessons than grammar and vocabulary. As poor pronunciation commonly causes a breakdown in communication, online teachers need to be able to diagnose issues and then help learners to address them.


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Teacher/learner Pronunciation challenges

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  1. What pronunciation challenges do they typically face?

  2. How might you diagnose a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in pronunciation in an online environment?

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