martes, 16 de octubre de 2012

TRAVEL REPORT - NOTICIAS TURISTICAS is out ! Edition of Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 - ricardoevalenzuelaruiz@gmail.com - Gmail

TRAVEL REPORT - NOTICIAS TURISTICAS is out ! Edition of Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 - ricardoevalenzuelaruiz@gmail.com - Gmail

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BBC - Skillswise - Spelling

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Interactive lyrics to songs

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Real English ® - YouTube

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7 Terrific Telephone English Activities for Adult ESL Learners

vidtionary - YouTube

vidtionary - YouTube

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Pronunciation - Silent Letters - When Not to Pronounce Silent Letters

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Adhocracy Exhibition | Istanbul Design Biennial

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"I give them the method to change... by thinking" but they continue to repeat behaviors - YouTube

sábado, 29 de septiembre de 2012

American English Pronunciation Practice: Reductions - YouTube

American English Pronunciation Practice: Reductions - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

EDU - YouTube

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jueves, 6 de septiembre de 2012

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lunes, 30 de julio de 2012

Monkey see, monkey do --[ Multimedia-English videos ]

Monkey see, monkey do --[ Multimedia-English videos ]

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Free English Level Test - How good is your English? Which English exam is right for you?

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Grammar PowerPoint Presentations at Grammar Bytes!

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Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab - For English as a Second Language

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American Engish Pronunciation: Listen and Repeat Machine (Daily Practice)

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Aesop's Fables - Online Collection - 656+ fables -

30th ESL / EFL / ELL Blog Carnival

30th ESL / EFL / ELL Blog Carnival

VOA English - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

VOA English - EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

miércoles, 11 de julio de 2012

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7 Tips to Drastically Improve Your Pronunciation in English

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English Pronunciation - Voiced & Voiceless Sounds

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jueves, 12 de abril de 2012

No need to sound like a native speaker

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/04/162_108756.html

04-11-2012 17:25
No need to sound like a native speaker


By Neill Porteous

In response to the article ``Many Koreans suffer 'English stress' and a few snap” by Kim Tae-jong on April 6, I would like to add my thoughts regarding the desire to acquire a native accent when learning another language.

There is no doubt that this phenomenon is certainly prevalent in Korea with parents paying enormous sums of money to try and enable their children to sound like a native English speaker.

While this may be considered an achievable goal by many, it is in fact extremely difficult, demotivating and for those who did not begin learning when they were young, it may not even be possible. This difficulty may be further exacerbated by the fact that it is questionable whether a standard native accent actually exists.

In Korea, English is a foreign language and as mentioned by Professor Lee Byung-min of Seoul National University in the aforementioned article, Koreans do not have many chances to use English in their daily lives outside of the academic environment and some specialist businesses. Therefore, linguistic progression may be inhibited as learners need to use the language constantly to see marked improvements.

Furthermore, it needs to be acknowledged that English is now an international language and this means that there are now considerably more non-native learners and speakers of English than native speakers. Consequently, even with the limited opportunities of use, a Korean speaker of English is more likely to use the language to communicate with another non-native speaker of English. Thus, we must question the idea of why a native accent is often thought a prerequisite for a speaker to be regarded as a proficient user of English.

Previous studies of accent have shown that many learners value native pronunciation above being able to convey their message successfully. These findings are worrisome and problematic as the primary goal of any communicative act should be to express the intended message so that it is understood. Sounding like a native user of English may help but it is far from necessary.

Let’s not forget that in countries where English is the native tongue, there is a huge diversity of pronunciation according to geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. The differing accents of native speakers means that even citizens of the same country may find each other’s English unintelligible due to being unfamiliar with such varieties.

Considering the fact that native speakers vary in their pronunciation and can find each other difficult to understand, this brings into question what a native accent actually is, whether it exists and more importantly why it is desired by learners.

One of the most common reasons for learning English is for academic attainment. Korea has traditionally favoured grammar based assessment but examinations with speaking sections such as TOEFL and the new Korean National English Ability Test have placed more emphasis on speaking. However, these tests only require actual language ability combined with clear pronunciation. A non-native accent will not negatively affect the candidate’s grade.

Acknowledging that a native accent is unnecessary for most learners is an essential step in developing realistic learning and attainment goals. Pronunciation is very important but learners would be better served by focusing on eliminating common pronunciation errors that impede understanding while also equipping themselves with a range of strategies to communicate their thoughts successfully.

These are not easy tasks but they are certainly more accomplishable and useful than devoting great deal of effort to emulate native accents. If learners communicate information in a comprehensible manner, they are successful speakers of English and this should be recognized.

The use of English globally means that the language no longer belongs to England, America or any other country where it is the national language. It belongs to everyone who uses it. English like any other language is constantly changing and so should our ideas about what is necessary to be classified as a competent user and speaker of English.

The writer is an instructor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Language Institute and is currently undertaking a master’s course in TEFL. Contact him at neillporteous@yahoo.com.

lunes, 23 de enero de 2012

Life Lessons from Big Cats (a TED video) | Elemental English

Life Lessons from Big Cats (a TED video) | Elemental English

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How to Order at Starbucks Part 2 | English Pronunciation | Espresso and Chocolate Beverages | Elemental English

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English as a Second Language Podcast -

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Tenses Chart - Visual Chart of Tenses for ESL learners and classes

EnglishHarmony's Channel - YouTube

EnglishHarmony's Channel - YouTube

The OUP ELT Global Daily

The OUP ELT Global Daily

How to Write Resume in English

How to Write Resume in English

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English as 2nd Language

domingo, 22 de enero de 2012

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MIT's Channel - YouTube

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Minimal Pairs - Lesson 1: - 13-30, ...

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Simple Past or Present Perfect English Grammar Review Quiz

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Common Mistakes in English

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Basic English Conversations - ESL Beginning Level Dialogues

sábado, 21 de enero de 2012

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Countable and Uncountable Nouns - How much - How many - Teaching Countable and Uncountable Nouns

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jueves, 19 de enero de 2012

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viernes, 13 de enero de 2012

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English Contractions

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English Banana.com - Free MP3 Podcasts for Learning English and ESL!

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iPads in Schools - LiveBinder

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Basic English - Prepositions of Place - 30 Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners

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Reported Speech Worksheet

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Modifying Nouns - The Key Role of Adjectives

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Basic English - Comparative Forms Quiz - 30 Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners

Basic English - Comparative Forms Quiz - 30 Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners

Basic English - Comparative Forms Quiz - 30 Essential Lessons for Beginning English Learners

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Auxiliary Verb Usage in English - ESL Grammar Review of Auxiliary Verb Usage

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