Born vs Borne - English Grammar - Teaching Tips

 

This video focuses on the difference between "born" and "borne". Because of their similar spelling, the two words are often confused in the English language. The word "born" is an adjective and means "having started life". Let's take a look at an example sentence. "I was born in Germany but my sister was born in France". The word ?borne?, on the other hand, is the past participle of " to bear", meaning "carried", "transported" or "take responsibility for". A good example for the word is: "All costs shall be borne by the buyer". This should clear up any confusion.


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This unit focuses about pronunciation which discusses the different strong points when it comes to teaching it. Based from what I have learned pronunciation is not simple but rather it is consist of different subtopics which needed to be fully understood. Some of its subtopics that are being emphasized in this unit are phonology where in its focus is on the property of sounds, intonations where in it is about the pitch or volume on the way we deliver a statement, stress which deals with giving emphasis on a certain syllable or word, and articulation which deals on how we act or form the distinct sounds in a speech. Aside from that, this unit also enumerates different strategies oh how are we going to teach or integrate pronunciation in our class. According to this unit, the integration of pronunciation when it comes to our lesson depends on our particular circumstances as a teacher which means that is up to us where are we going to teach \"pronunciation\" in particular. Thus, varied teaching approaches and strategies can be incorporated when to comes to teaching it to our students; some of the strategies mentioned are the very known a) \"tongue-twisters\" which in my own perspective really works well in class since it really enhances the way they speak and their reflexes in the mouth are being exercised; b) mouth diagrams where in an illustration may hep our students to visualize how to position their tongue correctly and how to do it based on the illustration that they see, c) use of phonemes which I think is also effective since it helps our students to evaluate their problems when it comes to sounding, and d) peer dictation in which our students will have the ability to learn by means of peer evaluation and at the same time promotes discovery on their mistakes. Thus, they also learn through interaction. Moreover, I think there still tons of strategies that we can apply in teaching pronunciation to our students but, aside from those strategies that we want to apply; I think it is also necessary if we teachers should also be well-trained enough on how to utter words correctly in that way, we also become good models in the eyes of our learners since most students learn through observation and imitation. Furthermore, even though, we educators are very particular with grammar especially in the parts of speech. It also important for us to introduce and train our students about pronunciation because most of the time, we are evaluated by the way we talk like on job interview, becoming a speaker, etc. Since nowadays, the way we talk reflects who we are in some cases.


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