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University of SIAS

Pronunciation Clinic Programme----RP course 2009

Conductor: William S

Word patterns

Pair practice: Say the words in the following list aloud, contrasting the pairs of words.
A. /u:/ & /u/ focused
1. pool pull 5. cooed could 9. wooed wood
2. kook cook 6. Luke look 10. who’d hood
3. fool full 7. stewed stood
4. fool full 8. shooed should
B. /ɔ:/ & /ɒ/ focused
1. port pot 5. cork cock 9. sport spot
2. taught tot 6. forks fox 10. nought not
3. dawn Don 7. sword sod
4. court cot 8. short shot
C. /ɒ/ & /ɑ:/ focused
1. pock park 5. god guard 9. sport spot
2. dock dark 6. gloss glass 10. Bon barn
3. cot cart 7. hop harp
4. cough calf 8. hot heart
D. /ɑ:/ & /ʌ/ focused
1. park puck 5. carp cup 9. lark luck
2. barn bun 6. calm come 10. staff stuff
3. dark duck 7. heart hut
4. cart cut 8. march much

Listening & Speaking

Folklore---Stories of Cultures Past

Folklore is the study of culture and history that is passed on through oral
literature. The word ‘oral’ means relating to the mouth, especially the spoken word. Oral
literature includes stories, poems, and songs that are passed on by word of mouth. They
are passed between family members and residents of village, and from one generation to
the next. Before written language and books, and long before computers, people passed
information orally --- by telling stories and singing songs. In some parts of the world,
the oral tradition is still the primary way of communication.
There are many different purpose of these songs and stories. Some stories and
songs taught religious beliefs; others celebrated romance and the triumph of good over
evil. Still others gave important moral lessons, especially to children. Many of these
stories contained supernatural elements like fairies, witches and magic spells.

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