This is a complete teaching unit on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) from Duwauhkabec Learning for Life. It introduces and explains the relevance of IPA, showing students its practical usefulness in career preparedness.
A complement to – as well as an extension and elaboration of – the first, free unit on the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), this unit uses the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to “decode” new words, new titles, and two new stories – one a fable from Aesop, the other a story from the life of Thomas Jefferson. It invites students to apply their knowledge of IPA through "reverse transcription" from IPA to standard American English.
This unit includes the following (note * indicates "new to this unit"):
• *A detailed introduction for teachers on the uses and merits of IPA
• A one-page guide on “How to Introduce the International Phonetic Alphabet”
• *A two-and-a-half-page handout for students on “What Is IPA?” that introduces IPA and the idea of a phonetic alphabet as well as the letters unique to IPA (forms, names, and sounds) and some of the career applications of IPA. Designed for independent work, this information could easily be cut and pasted into a PPT if the teacher wanted to do a class-wide introduction: it is presented in “bite-sized pieces” with bullets, examples, etc.
• Charts for the North American English IPA vowels and consonants, with mnemonic words for each letter
• *One-and-a-half pages of new, one-word and title exercises in IPA for “decoding” or reverse transcription (with answer key)
• *Two-and-a-half pages of new, longer text translations – a fable from Aesop (one page) and a story from the life of Thomas Jefferson (one-and-a-half pages). Answers keys are provided – both in concentrated prose form and in an interlinear format.
• A short list of online resources
• Answer keys for all exercises