Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Exercise to improve English pronunciation

I.  Strategic Competency

Task: Practise saying the following proverbs.  Seek your teacher’s help for any pronunciation problems.  Say the proverbs aloud and tape them.  Play them back and assess your own pronunciation.

1. Labour has a bitter root but a sweet taste.
2. Laughter is the best medicine.
3. Health is not a condition of matter but of mind.
4. Punctuality is the soul of business.
5. The first step is always the hardest.
6. A work well begun is half done.
7. Nothing is a substitute for hard work.
8. Honesty is the best policy.
9. Success comes before work only in the dictionary.
10. It is a poor heart that never rejoices.

J. Creative Competency 

Shall I tell you about my neighbour?  She is a wonderful person.  She always gives a helping hand to those in need.  We are treated to a nightingale’s notes every morning – for that is what her voice is.  Tall and graceful – she is a symbol of dignity.  A loving mother, an affectionate wife – her qualities are the envy of every neighbour.  Honesty, concern for fellow human beings, modesty – she is all this and more.  It is she who makes ours a friendly neighbourhood.  She is a very special person.  Yes, special because she is visually challenged.

Task: Write a short paragraph on your neighbour.  Highlight the person’s good qualities.

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