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Academic Listening and Speaking !

Masters in Teaching English

Listen while the teacher pronounces the following sentences and select the correct one. They are sewing. They are sawing. The sound /o/ is a mid back vowel, that is, the back of the tongue is midway between high and low position in the back of the mouth. The muscles of the tongue and throat are tense and the lips are strongly rounded. During the pronunciation of /o/ the tongue moves upward to a high back position. For this reason the vowel sound has the quality of a diphthong: /o!/. The sound /"/ is a low back vowel, that is, the back of the tongue is low in the back of the mouth. The jaw is open and the lips are rounded. 2. Pronounce the words in the columns below. Use as many of the exercises as you think you need. (1) Pronounce all of the words in column 1, then, all of the words in column 2. 1 2 /o/ /"/ sewing sawing low law boat bought sew saw coat call

(2) Pronounce pairs of words from the above columns, for example, sewing, sawing. Be sure that you make a difference in the vowel sounds. (3) Listen while the teacher pronounces a word from either column. Tell which column each word is from by giving the number of the column or by holding up either one or two fingers. 3. Practice the following sentences. The underlined parts of the words contain the sound /o/. a) It"s an overcoat. b) This is a rowboat. c) We have no coal. d) I wrote home in October. e) There"s no hope. f) There are roses in the bowl. g) Please sew a button on my coat. h) We don"t have a boat. 4. Practice the following sentences. The underlined parts of the words contain the sound /"/.
Whyte ! February 2014

Academic Listening and Speaking !

Masters in Teaching English

a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h)

We saw the dogs. He caught the ball. They were walking and talking. I saw the ball on the lawn. The dog is playing with the ball. Please call my lawyer. He taught in the law school. She bought some coffee.

5. Practice the following sentences. The vowel sounds /o/ and /"/ are both included in these sentences as shown. a) The dog is cold. b) I lost my comb. c) Lets call for more coal. d) Hes drawing a picture of a boat. e) Theres a law against flying too low. f) Is it a ball or a bowl? g) This watch is old. h) Hes walking home.

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I open the doors to a building dedicated to building, yet only breaks me down.I march down hallways cleaned up after me every day by regular janitors, but I never have the decency to honor their names. Lockers left open like teenage boys' mouths when teenage girls wear clothes that covers their insecurities but exposes everything else.Masculinity mimicked by men who grew up with no fathers, camouflage worn by bullies who are dangerously armed but need hugs. Teachers paid less than what it costs them to be here. Oceans of adolescents come here to receive lessons but never learn to swim, part like the Red Sea when the bell rings. 1. Look for /o/ and /"/ words. Write them in two columns and practice pronouncing them. Add other columns for other sounds including the letter o (e.g., down, cover).

2. Look again for two sounds /i/ (sheep) and /#/ (ship)

3. Practice reading the passage aloud. First read it under your breath and mark the stressed syllables, then read aloud to check. Compare with a partner.

Whyte !

February 2014