The online language laboratory ..
Some Suggestions for Teachers
what you need ideally is a computer projector or an interactive whiteboard.
Your students see the page on the screen and hear the dialogue as you
mouse over it. Your students can review their study
individually at home at www.fonetiks.org.
students have listened to the target sounds and practised them,
click on two or more pages of the same sounds in different language varieties
and arrange them on the screen so that you can mouse over the same sounds
with different accents, without the class being able to see the screen.
Play these minimal pairs and ask students to identify each variety.
listen to the target sounds and
then say and/or write the same-sound examples to the right
list and say other examples of the same
sounds, optionally working in pairs
the pages for dictation, to train students' ear;
students must identify the language variety used
dictate to each other in pairs,
using a variety of accents/language varieties
student reads aloud from the page;
the other student repeats the item in a different accent
language items: working in groups of two or more,
students build phrases into dialogues and act them out,
first in groups and then in front of the class, assigning
native speaker identities chosen by the teacher.
Please send us more suggestions!