Chinese Pronunciation

I’ve just finished my second week of teaching Chinese teenagers and it has been quite interesting. I’ve had the Chinese group leaders observing classes, prepared new material (which I’ll be uploading soon) and have received requests from students for lots of language games.

However, I’ve started to notice pronunciation difficulties for Chinese students. For example, when students are spelling words there are tendencies for them to over-pronounce some letters; ‘c’ (sounds like ‘she’ rather than ‘sea’), ‘n’ (sounds like ‘nnn’ rather than ‘enn’) and ‘u’ (sounds like ‘uuooo’ rather than ‘you’).

It became more prominent when the students were completing an information exchange activity and were spelling place names and other British related information to the other team.

If you have had experience teaching Chinese students and wish to add to the above, please feel free to do so. Thank you in advance for any comments.

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Location:LTC Eastbourne

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