English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.2
English Australia Journal Volume 27 No 2 81 mouth, and the result is a fascinating guided tour of your own mouth and the way the muscles work to produce speech. His teaching approach focuses on visualising the sounds through mime and becoming aware of the muscles that produce the different sounds. Rather than the standard listen and repeat formula, Underhill's audience are conducted like a choir to produce sounds themselves, using his gestures to guide their mouths. As they travel from /i:/ (as in feel) to /u: / (fool) they discover /ɪ/ (fill) and /ʊ/ (full) along the way, with Underhill's hand movements turning the long sounds into short ones. The audience is paused at each sound to note the position of their mouth, the shape of their lips, the position of their tongue. Teachers intending to use this app would be well advised watch this tutorial carefully to see how the chart can really be brought to life both for teachers and students. The Sounds app is a marvellous self-study application that allows both teachers and students to really master the phonemic chart in ways that are far less tedious than reading or repeating audio tracks. Exploring this app develops an intimate awareness of English sounds and allows users to identify, isolate and practise those that need the most work. But what Underhill himself shows us is that there is no substitute for good teaching, only supplements. Version 2 of Sounds is available now with additional features and downloadable lesson plans. Nicholas de Wilde is a General English teacher at Greenwich College, Sydney.
English Australia Journal 28.1
English Australia Journal 27.1