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  • This chapter gives you practice in introducing yourself to others and in saying your name so that your listeners will easily be able to understand you.

  • English-speaking listeners understand best when names have spoken “music” that fits their ears. In English, using normal phrase focus is essential to making the right music.

  • If names are spoken with other types of spoken music (like Chinese or French spoken music), English-speaking listeners often have trouble hearing and understanding what you say.
Warmup Person 1 introduces him/herself to the person on their right. Continue around the room.

Example

Teacher: Hi. I'm   Amanda        Smith.

                         (first name)   (last name)

Student 1: Hello. I'm Michael Qin.

(next) Student 2: Hello. I'm Elena Lopez.

Student 3: I'm Edward Jung.

Exercise 1 Listen to the conversation and fill in the words that are missing.



A: Are these the (1) ?

B: Yeah. They've just (2) .

A: Good. Then I'm not too (3) . I'm (4) .

B: Hi. I'm (5) . Have you ever sung in a (6) ?

A: Yeah, but not for a long (7) . I thought this would be a good way to make new (8) .

B: Yeah, we're a pretty friendly (9) . So, I need your full (10) . And whether you sing tenor or (11) .

A: Chris (12) . I sing (13) .

B: Great. Oh, this is our (14) , Maya (15) . (16) , this is Chris (17) . He's (18) .

  1. auditions
  2. started
  3. late
  4. Chris
  5. Terry
  6. choir
  7. time
  8. friends
  9. group
  10. name
  11. bass
  12. Johnson
  13. tenor
  14. director
  15. Garcia
  16. Maya
  17. Johnson
  18. auditioning
Exercise 2 Listen again to the conversation. Click on the focused word in each sentence.



Chris: Are these the auditions?

Terry: Yeah. They’ve just started.

Chris: Good. Then I’m not too late. I’m Chris.

Terry: Hi, I’m Terry. Have you ever sung in a choir?

Chris: Yeah, but not for a long time. I thought this would be a good way to make new friends.

Terry: Yeah, we’re a pretty friendly group. So, I need your full name. And whether you sing tenor or bass.

Chris: Chris Johnson. I sing tenor.

Terry: Great. Oh, this is our director / Maya Garcia. Maya / this is Chris Johnson. He’s auditioning next.

Exercise 3 Read the conversation with another student. Lengthen your syllables and change your pitch to show the correct focus.

Chris: Are these the auditions?

Terry: Yeah. They’ve just started.

Chris: Good. Then I’m not too late. I’m Chris.

Terry: Hi, I’m Terry. Have you ever sung in a choir?

Chris: Yeah, but not for a long time. I thought this would be a good way to make new friends.

Terry: Yeah, we’re a pretty friendly group. So, I need your full name. And whether you sing tenor or bass.

Chris: Chris Johnson. I sing tenor.

Terry: Great. Oh, this is our director / Maya Garcia. Maya / this is Chris Johnson. He’s auditioning next.

Exercise 4 Whole Class. Introduce yourself to at least three other people you do not know. Put focus on the last word in the phrase. Example

Teacher: Hi. I'm     Adam               Andrews.

                           (first/given name)    (family/last name)

Student 1: Hello. I'm Wendy Lin.



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