Amélioration de la prononciation: Les voyelles orales
Written by the Public Service Commission of Canada.
Published by Canadian Government Publishing, 1991.
|The sounds and musicality of French.
Introduction to Vowels and Intonation:
Les voyelles orales introduces you right away to the vowels and intonation of French through songs, monologues, excerpts from plays and other expressive texts. The sound of each vowel is then highlighted in perception and discrimination exercises.
From the Simplest to the Most Complex:
Repetition with immediate correction helps in gradually acquiring the sounds in question. Production, as such, forms part of a gradual approach. The vowels are first placed in favourable contexts that make their pronunciation easier. More complex words are then introduced, next sentences and, finally, sentences for transformation.
The Key to Rhythm and Intonation:
There is nothing very mysterious about the rhythm of French: the accent simply goes at the end of each meaning-group. Intonation depends on the type of sentence being used: imperative, declarative, interrogative or exclamatory. You will find all of this clearly explained and illustrated in Les voyelles orales.
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