An introduction to the pronunciation and phonetics of French for English-speaking students. Recent research has shown that adult learners can achieve good and even near-native pronunciation by using a phonetics-based approach. This book is the result of many years' experience of teaching pronunciation and takes the student in easy stages through the different sounds of French. No previous knowledge of phonetics is required. The style is lively and accessible and each chapter contains a set of specially designed exercises for the sounds studied.
Syllables and syllabification
stress and rhythm
the articulation of consonants
the consonants R and L
rhythm and intonation
answers to exercises.
"will enlighten those teaching beginners up to advanced learners and it will be equally useful for the 12-year-old as for the adult learner ... offers practical guidance about the best way to acquire accurate pronunciation in French."
Journal of French Language Studies 13 2003