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The Short U Sound

The letter u has two short sounds, /Ʌ/ and /Ʊ/. There is no easy way of tell when the short u will say /Ʌ/ or /Ʊ/. Always consult your dictionary to be sure. In today’s lesson, we will be learning about of the two sounds of the short u, /Ʊ/. The vowel /Ʊ/ sound is vowel number eight. It is a short sound which sounds a lot like the ‘o’… Read More »The Short U Sound

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The Short O Sound

The short ‘O’ sound is vowel number six. It is a short sound. The sound does not have an equivalent in our native languages. So, you often find that many persons substitute it with /ɔ/.  So they will say /pɔt/ instead of /pɒt/ leading to native speakers hearing ‘port’.  Listen to how the English sound /ɒ/ is produced and repeat the sound till you master it.  Watch Diction Avenue now… Read More »The Short O Sound

Spoken English Class Resources: ERI English Broadcast 8/11/2019

Spoken English class resources for the week: Diction Class Do you know how to talk about one item in a pair? Is it “One leg of my shoes or half pair of my shoes, when talking about one of the two that make a pair?” Watch Diction Class to find out.     African Values What are the benefits of accepting corrections? Watch:   Reading Platform Learn what to do… Read More »Spoken English Class Resources: ERI English Broadcast 8/11/2019

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Developing the Body 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

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Diction Avenue Celebrates World Teacher’s Day

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.  

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How to Make your Introduction Effective

After deciding on a topic to write about, the next step is to execute your decision: you need to prepare your talk. First, let us talk about the mechanics of preparing your talk. Every talk has three parts: Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. You should also consider how to tie the three parts together so that your talk is logical and coherent. In this post, we will be talking about your… Read More »How to Make your Introduction Effective

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How to Pick your Presentation Topic

How to pick your topic is an essential part of making presentations. This post is the first in a series of articles that will help persons who wish to register for the Speech Master’s National Contest to make the best presentations. Picking your Topic The topic or theme of your presentation is the first point of attraction to your listeners. If your topic is not well articulated, the listeners may… Read More »How to Pick your Presentation Topic

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How to create silent letter word lists

Word lists are a creative way of teaching learners how to say new words. It is particularly helpful in teaching difficult to sound or spell words. Therefore, word lists are a great way of teaching words with silent letters. However, to be successful in the use of word lists, it is important to follow a model. So as not to confuse the learners, words with similar characteristics should be put… Read More »How to create silent letter word lists