Better Spoken English

Better Spoken English

Authors : Shreesh Chaudhary

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About the Author

Shreesh Chaudhary :- Shreesh Chaudhary has a PhD. In English Phonology from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He has taught English in many parts of India. He is a professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. Revised by Aysha Viswamohan Aysha Viswamohan has a Ph.D. in American Literature. She has a diploma in teaching English from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. She is a Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.

About the Book

This book is eminently practical. It sets out to offer students in India an achievable approach to improve their spoken English at the tertiary level. It is original in a number of ways: In the first place, it makes the very important distinction between what is essential (';core') for intelligibility and what is relatively unimportant (';peripheral'). All too often in the past, courses in pronunciation have aimed at an unachievable and illusory ';native speaker' competence. In doing so, students have wasted a great deal of time and effort on inessentials and have all too often experienced unnecessary feelings of inferiority into the bargain. Every variety of English, including the many accents and dialects of the British Isles and North America, ';deviates' from the ';ideal' - which is in fact no more than an ';idea'. What is important to concentrate on the key features and to avoid speech habits which impede understanding. The emphasis of Better Spoken English is effective communication. This book is designed to help you achieve greater fluency in English.


1. Speaking to the Global Village (Introduction), 2. Can You Help Me, Please? (Pragmatics), 3. Slow and Steady… (Tempo of Speech), 4. To Be or Not To Be (Phrasal Pause), 5. Fall and Rise (Intonation), 6. On Stress (Word Stress), 7. Exports and Imports (Stress in Noun, Verb, Adjective, etc.), 8. Stress According to Word Ending - I (Stress in Derived Words), 9. Stress According to Word Ending - II (Stress in Derived Words), 10. Air Hostess and Income (Stress in Compound Words and Phrases), 11. Clerks and Wives (Some Long Vowels), 12. Vets and Wets (Some Consonants), 13. Understanding Global English

Salient Features

• Numerous drills to enable better understanding
• Avoids phonetics
• End of chapter exercises with answers
• Concentrates on features of connected speech: stress, intonation, phrasing and pauses