Phonetics? Youre not taking the **** here are you? I havent met a single student who is interested in learning phonetics... and I refuse to teach it because its pretty much useless
That ignorant students do not wish to put in some hard work to properly learn phonetics,
that I can understand. The fact that a native speaking teacher says that phonetics is
useless and refuses to teach it, perfectly proves my point. Did it ever occur to you that
there are sounds in English (both vowel and consonant sounds) that do not have Polish
equivalents and if you don't explain that to your students they will remain as ignorant
as they were before you started teaching them and will mispronounce the language?
They might think they can do without phonetics - you as a teacher should know better.
Phonetics doesn't really merit much attention, just the odd pronunciation demonstration as and when required.
No, Seanus - the odd pronounciation demonstration is NOT ENOUGH in cases of sounds
that don't have Polish equivalents. If you don't teach your students the basics of
phonetics and phonology they will either hear something different (most likely the closest
sound in their native language) or even if they hear the sound well, they won't be
able to pronounce it properly. You have to explain to them what happens to the lips,
the tongue, mouth cavity etc. etc. when pronouncing the sound. If you don't do that
you will get the same results that 99% of native English teachers get with their students.
Why do you think Phonetics and Phonology (under different course names) are compulsory
in all university English Philology programmes in countries in which English is not the first
language? Because you cannot achieve fluency in a language if you don't understand
how the sounds are produced.
I could demonstrate the pronounciation of "W Strzebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie"
a million times and Americans or Brits still wouldn't be able to pronounce it. However, if
I explained to them exactly how the "sz", "rz", "cz" and other sounds in the twister are
produced - they would with time pronounce it properly (and I know it for sure, because
I tought one American to say it perfectly :-)).
It's the same with English - demonstration without proper explanation is pretty much useless.
I refuse to teach it because its pretty much useless
Your Polish students have a very different phonetics system, that they got
with the acquisition of their native language, than the English one.
If you don't explain to them that 'th' sound in 'three' is not the same as 'f' sound,
you will get people saying 'one, two, free (fri:)' - you can demonstrate as many
times as you want - they will keep saying 'free'.
If you don't tell them that 'th' in 'the' is not the same as 'd' sound - you will
get students saying 'de best' or 'de most' because that's what they hear
and that's how they would pronounce it using their Polish pronounciation
habits. You have to tell the poor c*nts to touch the back of their upper teeth
with the tip of their tounge etc. etc. so finally they can pronounce the proper
It's even more important with vowel sounds (Polish has fewer vowel sounds than
English so the mistakes will be numerous if you don't teach phonetics).
I could go on like that, but I really shouldn't be explaining such basics to a teacher ffs
So, to sum things up - phonetics is not "useless" and you should not refuse to teach it.
You should, however, get a good book on English phonetics and phonology (by Peter Roach
for example) and start doing what your students pay you for - teaching proper English.