The long ‘a’ is the fifth sound in the International Phonetics Association’s (IPA) list of vowels. When you look at the vowel quadrilateral, it is a back open sound. Like the long ‘e’, /a:/ is a universal sound. In Nigeria, all the major dialects have the vowel, so it is not a difficult sound for Nigerians to articulate. If you have ever visited a dentist, then you said /a:/. Also,… Read More »How to teach the long ‘a’ sound
On the avenue this week, we talked about the long ‘e’ sound /i:/ giving word and spelling examples. Our reading was on Lanre the Lizard. You can watch the full episode on youtube now. We also had the pleasure of listening to presentations from Mayors International School, Ikeja and Mind Builders School. The two pupils spoke on tenses and grammar and contrasting the short ‘a’ and ‘e’ sounds respectively. You… Read More »Diction Avenue: Long ‘e’ Sound, Presentations and more
Have you mastered the long ‘e’ sounds? Can you identify words that contain the sound from a list? Why not try your hands on this quiz to see how well you will do. If you need to learn more about the long ‘e’ sound, read this post
The long ‘e’ /i:/ sound is the first sound in the International Phonetics Association’s (IPA) list of vowel sounds. When you look at the vowel quadrilateral, it is the first sound you see. We could describe the long ‘e’ sound as a universal sound. In Nigeria, all the major dialects have the sound, so it is not a difficult sound for Nigerians to articulate. The only difference that can be… Read More »How to teach the long ‘e’ sound /i:/
On the Avenue this week, we talked about the Short ‘i’ sound. Using the vowel quadrilateral, we showed how to say the sound in isolation and used words from Nigerian languages to reinforce the lesson. The Week’s short story was on “Betty Dilemna” and we answered English usage questions on Ask Anything English. Ezinne and Iremide of the Agape Bundles Schools, did their schools proud with their presentations. You… Read More »Diction Avenue: The Short “i” Sound, Reading and More
In this post, we will be talking about how to craft the conclusion that will leave your listeners ready to take the desired action. If you missed the first two parts of this article, you can find how to write your introduction here and how to write the body of your speech here. So, what is an the purpose of an effective conclusion? It highlights the main points of your… Read More »How to Write the Conclusion of Your Speech
In our previous post, we talked about how to make your introduction effective, now we will discuss how to develop the content or body of your speech The body of your speech contains the principal ideas that support the topic you have chosen. Each idea should be presented in a paragraph. This enables your audience to follow your line of thought without being confused. If your introduction is the usher… Read More »Developing the Body of your Speech
In celebration of World Teacher’s Day, October 5, 2019, Diction Avenue is giving individuals an opportunity to celebrate outstanding teachers. Do you know a teacher that has touched your life? Say something nice about your teacher and it will be featured on the next episode of Diction Avenue. The top ten posts will go live on the Avenue.