Teaching English Language Study

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Indian learners of English are needed to be careful while pronouncing the words in English. Most of the Indian learners pronounce the words or sentences according to the spellings. The importance of English has increased with the advent of globalization and a revolution in information technology. English is a lingua franca and a language of opportunity and chance. G.B. Shaw said that English is a rich language, perhaps the most illogical language. Many words in English are spelt in one way and pronounced in another way unlike the Indian language i.e. Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu or Tamil. Hence, non-native speakers of English find it a bit difficult to pronounce correctly. Pronunciation training is an important aspect of learning a new language in…show more content…
Most of the Indians learn English from books and from teachers but books are unable to speak and ESL teachers speak English as they speak their mother tongue. Pronunciation is an important aspect of speaking. One of the commonest problems in teaching English as a second language to non-native learners is the interference of mother tongue. It is fact that when a child learns his mother tongue, his mind is like a clean slate. He learns his mother tongue in a natural way. When he has to learn English in school or colleges, the influence of his mother tongue is deeply embedded in his consciousness that he cannot remove it. It is obvious that pronunciation plays an important role within such a language curriculum, and the training of this skill is still often neglected within traditional ELT classroom instruction. Intelligible pronunciation is one of the needed skills for speaking effectively in English. The non-native speakers of English especially the Indian speakers of English face certain problems in articulating certain sounds of English. As there are many irregularities in English pronunciation, a learner needs to take care of learning spelling and pronunciation. This is so because the twenty-six letters have to function of forty-four sounds. The sound system of English is divided into two main aspects: segmental and supra-segmental. The segmental aspect of the sound system includes individual vowels and consonants, and the supra-segmental aspect comprises of words, phrases, and sentence stress, pitch contour or intonation, and rhythm. Sounds are the pillars of pronunciation. Fortunately, forty-four sounds are not difficult to learn. Few of them are difficult to learn for the Indian students. A single sound might be represented by a number of letters or letter combinations in different words. The pronunciation of the same letter is

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