English Pedagogy 3 2017

Programme (click here)

Syllabus (click here)

Grades Spreadsheet

Unit topics and subtopics


Collaborative online work:
Join "Language 3 Unab"  group: 
Code: xkrcd7

Topics to cover in Phonetics Language 3:

  1. 1. weak v/s strong forms (elision, assimilation, contractions)
  2. 2. sentence stress (neutral v/s shifting focus in utterances)
  3. 3. Rhythm 
  4. 4. Tonic stress and tonic syllable.
  5. 5. Pausing.
  6. 6. Introduction to intonation ( form and function)

Phonemic chart:

Compendium Vowels Consonants of English

Transcribing English Phrases

English Pronunciation in Use (intermediate)

List of regular verbs to practise "s" and "ed" endings + "it" linking

Neutral Sentence Stress Guidelines

The Rhythm Rule states that English speakers alternate between stressed and unstressed syllables in a spoken sentence, and that the stressed syllables of content words create the beats of spoken English rhythm. However, not every content word is always stressed. There are many scenarios that cause a speaker to choose between stressed words, and it always leads back to the Rhythm Rule.
Here are the Rhythm Rule guidelines for stressed words.
  1. Nouns and main verbs are the most important words
  2. Descriptive words (adjectives and adverbs) are less important than nouns and verbs
  3. Stress the first word of open compounds
  4. Stress the preposition of phrasal verbs
  5. Stress contractions with not, when possible
It is also necessary to know how to allow a word to remain unstressed, and how to reduce it when possible.
Here are the Rhythm Rule guidelines for unstressed words.

  1. Use schwa to reduce function words
  2. Create common contractions with auxiliary verbs
  3. Reduce pronouns
  4. Use informal contractions in informal situations
Introduction to Sentence Stress

The English Rhythm

English Language Timing

stress types


Tonic syllable is the last prominent syllable in the tone unit where the tone change begin. Tone unit is a sequence of accented syllables, one or more of which are prominent. Facts on Tone unit & Tonic Syllable: Each tone unit contains only one tonic syllable.

E-portfolio: Title "Audio Upload ..."

1. In pairs: listen, check pronunciation, practice, rehearse, record and upload on your e-portfolios one dialogue from "The Flatmates".
2. Record dialogue twice switching roles.
3. Important: IMITATE the speakers´ intonation.
4. Sound natural like in real conversation.

5. Flatmates RELOADED: continue the episode adding 4 or 5 more exchanges per character. (only for audio uploads 15, 16 amd 17)

6. Deadline: .Tuesday Midnight.

7. Source: "Flatmates" episodes .1 dialogue taken from episodes

Audio upload 15: The Flatmates Reloaded  141 to 150


Audio upload 16: The Flatmates Reloaded  151 to 160


Audio upload 17: The Flatmates Reloaded  161 to 170


Audio upload 18: story

Audio upload 19: story
 VOA Learning English American Stories

Audio upload 20: story

    Note: you need to log on and then go to "Read and Listen" and choose one story




Suggested vocabulary for feedback on 
Audio Uploads

-pronunciation / mispronunciation
-interaction /emotion
-sounds/phonemes:  consonants, vowels, diphthongs
-word stress / sentence stress
-accuracy (accurate)/ fluency (fluent)
-weak/ strong forms
-pauses /hesitations
-intelligible / unintelligible
-slow /fast
Feedback must be
-Professional (no bullying)

E-portfolio Rubric:

Student´s name:______________________      Points:______/20        Grade:______________

Exemplary (4)
Proficient  (3)
Partially  (2) proficient
Incomplete  (1)
Written performance
The writing is free of grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. 
The writing is largely free of grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. 
The writing includes some grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.
There are numerous grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors. 
Oral performance
The speech is fluent and accurate
The speech is largely fluent and accurate
The speech sometimes lacks fluency and accuracy
The speech is not fluent and has several pronunciation problems
Task completion
All tasks were done on schedule
Many tasks were done on schedule
Some tasks were done on schedule
No task was done on schedule
All reflections clearly describe growth, achievement, accomplishment, and include goals for continued learning.
Most of the reflections describe growth and include goals for continued learning.
A few of the reflections describe growth and include goals for continued learning.

The reflections do not describe growth or include goals for continued learning.

Use of multimedia
All of the multimedia enhance the purpose of the eportfolio, create interest, and are appropriate.

Most of the multimedia enhance the purpose of the eportfolio, create interest, and are generally appropriate.
A few of the multimedia enhance the purpose of the eportfolio, create interest, and are sometimes appropriate.
The photographs, graphics, sounds, and/or videos are inappropriate.

Suggested vocabulary to be used in the "Self-

assessment" on your e-portfolio:

-listening/ speaking/ reading/ writing

-pronunciation/ grammar/ vocabulary

-fluency (fluent)/ accuracy (accurate)

-words/phrases/ sentences/ dialogues/ conversations

-competent /proficient

-improve (improvement)

-weakness /strength

-individual / pair / group / team work

-classwork/ homework

-interact / interaction

-classmates / teachers

-fun/ interesting / challenging /boring /repetitive

-correction /self-correction

-feedback from classmates /teachers

-nervous /relaxed /motivated (motivation)

-tasks/ exercises / projects

-communication, etc etc...

Final e-portfolio activity:

Editing and polishing

-read feedback from classmates and make necessary changes in your written tasks
-proof-read your written assignments to correct mistakes
-What about


Online resources for unit subtopics

Unit 1: Diversity and the world around us


Unit 2 :   The world of work

Unit 3:  Ideas for the future

Unit 4:   Dream Place

Unit 5:   Cultural Differences

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