Written Assessment in Pronunciation
This assessment has the following sections:
· Pronouncing Major Sounds
· Rules of the American Dialect
· American Vowel Sounds
· Stress and Intonation
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In each section, note your confidence level on a scale of 1 to 5. Use 5 to indicate very high confidence in your ability.
Pronouncing Major Sounds
1. The T sound as in table.
2. The R sound as in rain.
3. The L sound as in land or still.
4. The TH sounds as in this and think.
5. The V sound as in van.
6. The W sound as in want.
7. The NG sound as in sing.
8. The Z sound as in zebra.
9. The S sound as in see.
10. The SH sound as in ship.
11. The ZH sound as in usual.
12. J and CH sounds.
13. B and P sounds.
14. The QU sound as in quiet.
Rules of the American Dialect
1. I know when Americans change T into a D sound.
2. I know when Americans change T sounds before or after N.
3. I know when Americans pronounce the R sound.
4. I know how to pronounce the R sound in different positions in words such as rain, carry and leader.
5. I can pronounce the RL sound in words like girl and world.
6. I know how Americans pronounce an L sound at the beginning and end of words.
7. I know that S sounds like Z in some words.
8. I know that TH has a vibrating sound and a non-vibrating sound.
9. I know the three pronunciations of the -ed ending as in these words: engaged, accepted and achieved.
American Vowel Sounds
1. I can articulate the schwa sound.
2. I know basic rules about when the schwa sound occurs.
3. I know how to articulate the vowels in these words: choice, boy, down and account.
4. I know how to pronounce the O’s in these words: project, office, focus, order, computer and color.
5. I can pronounce these words with different O and U sounds: box, bucks, boots and books.
6. I pronounce the words document and executive with a yu sound as in cute.
7. I pronounce an A sound as in cat in the words laugh, after, ask, and graph.
8. I pronounce these words with the same A vowel sound: author, awful, cause, and wall.
9. I know the vowel sounds in this word: Amazon.
10. I know how to pronounce AR after a W sound as in award.
11. I pronounce these words with a Short E sound: been, again, says, and said.
12. I can articulate the difference between Short E and Long A. For example: pen and pain sound different.
13. I can articulate the differences in the three short vowels as in these words: better, bitter and butter.
14. I can articulate the Short I sound in words like skill and fiscal.
15. I can fully articulate the Long I sound in words like time and find.
16. I understand how to link vowel sounds, let them flow together, in words like create and proactive.
Stress and Intonation
1. I can articulate syllable stress in a word.
2. I know some patterns for syllable stress in relation to prefixes and suffixes.
3. I have an understanding of which words can be stressed in a sentence.
4. I can stress a word with confidence.
5. I know where to pause within a sentence.
6. When I speak, I connect small words in phrases.
7. I know how to speak formally and casually in American English.
Notes. Please write any additional thoughts you have about your pronunciation.
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