ESOL Lr/E3.2e Listen for phonological detail

Listen for phonological detail (i) Understand that many varieties of English have a stress-timed rhythm, and that many syllables include an unstressed vowel, i.e. the schwa, and notice this when listening (ii) Know that identifying stress within a word can aid recognition and understanding of that word, and that identifying stress within a sentence can help overall understanding (iii) Use this knowledge to aid understanding (iv) Notice the different stress patterns in words of the same family (v) Recognise and discriminate between specific individual sounds spoken in isolation, and recognise how they might change in connected speech (vi) Use phonological clues such as falling intonation to help notice when a speaker is coming to the end of a turn (vii) Understand that listening in detail to how speakers pronounce English can be a useful way to improve learners' own pronunc

This resource is based on the DfES ESOL Skills for Life recording 'Phoning about symptoms'. It gives exam practice questions (C&G style) in the first section and in the second section an activity to enable learners to tune in to the sounds of English. The first section can be completed in class and the second at home or the whole sheet can be given for homework. Listening development at home enables learners to listen as often as they wish and tune in until they hear the text more clearly.

E3.1 Identify and extract relevant information and detail in straightforward explanations
ESOL Lr/E3.2a Listen for detail in narratives & explanations
ESOL Lr/E3.2b Listen for detail face to face or on the phone
ESOL Lr/E3.2c Listen for detailed instructions
ESOL Lr/E3.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/E3.2e Listen for phonological detail
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