ELTABB Journal Volume 1 - Page 20

ve subscribed to lots of podcasts so finding a suitable one isn’t too difficult and then I just mail them a link. Overall, the exercises raise awareness for getting past the “decoding gap”, which requires “letting go of the careful speech model”. While Cauldwell uses sample recordings throughout the book to raise awareness for the specific sound shapes, with careful listening/analysing and preparing/performing tasks, Part 4 goes the extra step of explaining how to work with the material. digital editor to record and study the wave shape of sounds, and Audio Notetaker to listen to, analyse and edit the chunks of a given audio file. The activities focus on what Cauldwell calls savouring and handling short stretches of speech. Such activities generally involve drafting a transcript of the various versions of one and the same phrase. Transcription follows the standard procedure: Put each prominence surrounded by double lines to signify the small break, note down stressed syllables in capital letters, additionally underline the main stress syllable, and add arrows to show rising and falling pitch. For example: Additional tips:! 18.1! Stepping stones (18.01-4) This pair work activity includes four model recordings using the phrase “It’s the second biggest city in my country, I think.” 1. First, students or the teacher create a greenhouse version with every word spoken very clearly. 2. Then they create a slightly messy ‘garden’ version with stress dictated by the speaker’s personal intended meaning. 3. After that pairs speak in unison to contrast the two different versions (performing before the class) 4. Finally, students are presented a very messy ‘jungle’ version with filler words (perhaps from the teacher, or from an authentic recording) Overall, Phonology for Listening represents an original, practical approach to understanding and teaching an essential language skill that is clearly in need of improvement. Richard Cauldwell’s recorded workshop “Jungle Listening” is available online here Richard Cauldwell’s iPad app Hot Listening, Cool Speech, available on UK iTunes, won the digital innovations award at the ELTons 2013. Anne Hodgson Based in Berlin, she has been teaching business and academic English since 1998. She gives language and intercultural skills training to corporate clients and works as a translator. Anne gives and organises talks for BESIG and ELTABB (events coordinator 2012-13). She’s been a writer for Spotlight and recently authored Basis for Business C1 for Cornelsen. http://www.annehodgson.de Other activities include: Practicing clusters of frequent forms Close listening following transcripts Soft focus listening to catch mondegreens – i.e. “occasionally” can sound like “ok jolly” (p. 285) Formulating questions to include an answer that the learner would give based on mistakes in decoding the sound stream Taking phrases from squeezed to clear and back Impromptu dictations stopping recordings to have students write down the la