Brazilian Portuguese speaker

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Brazilian Portuguese speaker

Unread post by CplK » Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:23 pm

Hi, I am struggling with a student in the US 10 years originally fr Sao Paulo. She tends to drop the last syllable off 2 and 3 syllable words so that "party" sound like "part", "coffee" like "cough', "movie" like "move".
In researching this, I have found reference to "elision of unstressed syllables at the end of words" due to less vowels in BP and also fewer consonant clusters. But, nothing about what I can do as an ESL teacher. Her speech stops people (and me) in bewilderment at times. She seems to think she is actually saying the syllable.
Any help/advice as to what I can do would be a huge help.
Thank you!
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Re: Brazilian Portuguese speaker

Unread post by Susan » Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:31 pm

Have you looked at the book Learner English by Swan? You should find something in there.
Take a look at Lucy Pollard's Guide to Teaching English

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Re: Brazilian Portuguese speaker

Unread post by CplK » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:55 am

Hi Susan,
Yes, in doing research I consulted Swan's Learner English. It validated that this feature exists, but gave no practical advice on how to teach to the problem!
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Re: Brazilian Portuguese speaker

Unread post by Susan » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:03 pm

Shame. How about Sound Foundations?
Take a look at Lucy Pollard's Guide to Teaching English

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