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Techniques of Teaching Comparative Pronunciation in Arabic and English


The book is designed for Arabic-speaking students of English and English-speaking students of Arabic. It is based on a cognitive approach to teaching pronunciation. As a general demonstration of the approach, the book highlights techniques for teaching some of the most challenging sounds and sound phenomena in both Arabic and English.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 1-59333-173-8
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 1,2005
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Page Count: 196
ISBN: 1-59333-173-8
$77.00
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The book is designed for Arabic-speaking students of English and English-speaking students of Arabic. It is based on a cognitive approach to teaching pronunciation: all activities, drills, and instructions are directed to the brain in conjunction with the relevant vocal organs helping students to master many intricacies of pronunciation. Attention is given to subtle differences between Arabic and English in segmental (vowels and consonants) and suprasegmental (clusters, stress, rhythm, and intonation) domains, both of which are treated and taught holistically as systems, then identified, described, and taught as natural categories of sounds (subsystems) as well as individual sounds. All techniques of implementation are based on a triangular process of perception, recognition, and production, each phase reinforcing the next which collectively and cognitively prepare the brain to internalize the targeted sound or sound system. As a general demonstration of the approach, the book highlights techniques for teaching some of the most challenging sounds and sound phenomena in both Arabic and English.

Edward Y. Odisho was born in Iraq and grew up as a native speaker of Aramaic (Syriac). Through life experience and formal and informal education he acquired high proficiency in several languages, studying English in Iraq before continuing his education in England where he received M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in phonetic sciences and linguistics. Odisho has been teaching at a variety of levels of education for four decades, the last three at different universities in Iraq, England, and the United States. He has published scores of research papers and articles in various international publications and has authored five books, the most recent being Techniques of Teaching Pronunciation in ESL, Bilingual and Foreign Language Classes, Lincom Europa (2003) and A Linguistic Approach to the Application and Teaching of the English Alphabet, Edwin Mellen Press (2004).

The book is designed for Arabic-speaking students of English and English-speaking students of Arabic. It is based on a cognitive approach to teaching pronunciation: all activities, drills, and instructions are directed to the brain in conjunction with the relevant vocal organs helping students to master many intricacies of pronunciation. Attention is given to subtle differences between Arabic and English in segmental (vowels and consonants) and suprasegmental (clusters, stress, rhythm, and intonation) domains, both of which are treated and taught holistically as systems, then identified, described, and taught as natural categories of sounds (subsystems) as well as individual sounds. All techniques of implementation are based on a triangular process of perception, recognition, and production, each phase reinforcing the next which collectively and cognitively prepare the brain to internalize the targeted sound or sound system. As a general demonstration of the approach, the book highlights techniques for teaching some of the most challenging sounds and sound phenomena in both Arabic and English.

Edward Y. Odisho was born in Iraq and grew up as a native speaker of Aramaic (Syriac). Through life experience and formal and informal education he acquired high proficiency in several languages, studying English in Iraq before continuing his education in England where he received M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in phonetic sciences and linguistics. Odisho has been teaching at a variety of levels of education for four decades, the last three at different universities in Iraq, England, and the United States. He has published scores of research papers and articles in various international publications and has authored five books, the most recent being Techniques of Teaching Pronunciation in ESL, Bilingual and Foreign Language Classes, Lincom Europa (2003) and A Linguistic Approach to the Application and Teaching of the English Alphabet, Edwin Mellen Press (2004).

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Contributor Biography

Edward Odisho

Edward Y. Odisho was born in Kirkuk/Iraq in 1938. He received his B.A. Honors in English language in 1960. Taught English for eleven years in Iraq after which he went to England to further his education in Phonetic Sciences at Leeds University. He received his M. Phil. in 1973 and Ph.D. in 1975. Under pressure from Saddam Hussein’s regime, he escaped Iraq in 1980 and settled in U.S.A. In U.S. he taught at Loyola University Chicago for 20 years. He concurrently taught at Northeastern Illinois University between 1990 and 2008 where he retired as Professor Emeritus . Has published scores of research papers and articles in various international journals. Has also published 9 books 7 of which are within the acquisitions of the Library of Congress.

  • List of Symbols
  • Foreword
  • General Approach and Techniques of Teaching Pronunciation
  • Human Speech Mechanism
  • Confusing Linguistic Disciplines and Identities
  • Comparative Classification and Description of Arabic and English Consonant System
  • Comparative Classification and Description of Arabic and English Vocalic Systems
  • Teaching Salient Features of Arabic and English Consonantal Systems
  • Teaching Salient Features of Arabic and English Vocalic Systems
  • Teaching Salient Prosodic Features of Arabic and English
  • Instructional Significance of Phonetic vs. Phonological Accent Distinction
  • Orthography and Pronunciation Connection in
  • Turning Swords into Ploughshares
  • Appendix: Arab Learners of English & Vice Versa: Reinforcement Exercises