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This lesson presents the phonetic alphabet in British English. The British presenter explains why phonetics may be helpful. Some people think that this is a helpful tool for improving spoken English, while others feel that phonetics slows down the process of learning the language. There are examples for each sound and you can see the phonetic symbol and the words on the screen. (8:54)
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begamatt on 09/12/2010 07:57 PM wrote:

Thanks SBBLackley for visiting the website and giving your extensive reviews.  Let me encourage you to continue to review and rate the videos that you come across.  That is what makes Watchknow a "wiki" - contributions from others.

SBBlackley on 09/12/2010 08:05 AM wrote:

The idea behind this video has merit, the teacher is engaging and the pacing is great, but it has a few "fatal" flaws: 1) The teacher fails to make an explicit distinction between sounds (phonemes) and graphemes (letters that represent phonemes) and sometimes says "letters" when he means sounds; 2) A few of the phonemes are not produced accurately (e.g. the mid-vowel in "but");  3) The teacher appears to confound  phonetics (the system of speech sound classification using, for example, IPA) with phonics (the explicit teaching of sound letter associations); 4) the teacher's discussion about the merits of phonics in teaching and learning English is entirely opinion-based, with no reference to the extensive research that provides guidance about when and how the use of phonics can be helpful and for whom.