Useful online tools for developing pronunciation
TaskRead the descriptions of the online tools and click on the links to find out more. Then answer these questions:
- Which tools help learners to produce sounds?
- Which tools help learners to produce words?
- Which tool focuses on sentence stress and intonation?
- Which tools provide a reference for learners of English?
- Which tools could be used in an online lesson?
- Which tools are more likely to be used for self-study?
|Sound Foundations interactive phonemic chart:||A free, interactive version of the phonemic chart. Click on each sound to hear it or alternatively download a non-interactive version.|
|Sounds: The pronunciation app:||Study sounds and practise using them. Free version available. Paid-for full version available. Includes an interactive phonemic chart.|
|Forvo:||A free pronunciation dictionary. Listen to how words, including names of places etc., are pronounced by people from around the world.|
|EnglishCentral:||A website and app. Watch a video, learn the words, record yourself copying the pronunciation and get a grade. Minimal free content. A lot of content with a subscription.|
|BBC Learning English:||Tim’s free pronunciation workshop videos look at the sounds of English including weak forms and assimilation.|
Reflect and shareWhich of the tools above do you think would be most helpful to your online learners? Why? Share your ideas in the comments.
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