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August 01, 2013

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Using the SaypYu project for English teaching ideas

saypyu-logo.jpgAn interesting article posted recently on the Macmillan English Campus website suggests ways of using the SaypYu project as the basis for some English teaching ideas.

A recent article in the Telegraph led me to discover an intriguing collaborative project called SaypYu, whose aim is to create one global alphabet combining all sounds in every language in the world, to standardize spelling and pronunciation. SaypYu stands for Say as you pronounce Universal project, and the website explains their aim to create this global language which will one day be used all around the world.

This poses an interesting question for language students, especially those of English, whose pesky pronunciation and unpredictable spelling “rules” can be troublesome for foreign learners. Why not introduce the SaypYu project to your students and create a lesson based upon it? Below are a few ideas:

Read the full article from Macmillan English Campus.

The SaypYu project website.

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