Written Assessment

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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