Thursday, October 6, 2011

Judy Gilbert is an internationally respected authority on teaching English pronunciation, and I will try to find you some of her written resources the next time you come to class.

Judy, borrowing a quote from Shakespeare, argues that "each language has its music, and it matters".

And now my tongue's use to me no more
Than an unstringed viol or harp,
Or like a cunning instrument case up,
Or, being open, put into his hands
That knows no touch to tune the harmony

(Richard II, Acr 1, Scene 3)

Shakespeare is writing about someone who has been exiled to a foreign land. Our goal in this class will be to tune that harmony that is mentioned above.

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