IPA Learning Centre

Our aim is to promote the teaching and learning of English phonetics in Hongkong. Our teaching centre, the IPA Learning Centre, is an Education Bureau registered school located in Kowloon. We provide high quality English phonetics (IPA) and pronunciation courses for people at all levels of spoken English.

The course "Practical English Phonetics and Phonology" is one of our most popular choices. We are very proud to say that the quality and popularity of this course has been key to establishing the good reputation of IPA (HK). Mr Derek Kwok, the Course Lecturer, is an experienced phonetics educator with over 10 years teaching experience in English phonetics. His innovative teaching techniques and moderate sense of humour make the complex phonetics principles all the easier to understand.

The courses "English Phonetics Classes for Students" and "Practical English Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers" have provided students and teachers of English in HK with a better channel through which to understand the most important theories and key skills in pronunciation and many other features of spoken English.

As this Web Site comes into existence, we can now offer our students of phonetics with continuous learning and practice support. The pages under our "Club News" section are especially dedicated towards this goal. We believe that through this Web Site, the students of IPA (HK) will be able to further enrich their knowledge of English phonetics and pronunciation even after they have completed our courses.


Today's selected word:

man vs many
有一個簡單的讀音問題, 據說不認識IPA(音標)的香港人, 機乎沒有一個人能答到:
Man的a音, 與many的a音, 讀音有何不同?

參考字典的IPA後, 便會得知man 的a 發/æ/音,many的a 字母發/e/音。可是香港學校課程只教phonics(字母拼音)而並非phonetics, 學生沒有機會在英語課堂學會IPA(國際音標),自然不懂閱讀字典的音標, 無法有效認識以上兩音的分別。

Phonics課程其中一個問題, 就是只會教導學生字認識母A的其中兩個元音(vowel), 即所謂lonɡ a 及short a ( lonɡ a /eɪ/ - e.g aɡe /eɪdʒ/ , short a /æ/ - e.g. sad /sæd/ )。

事實上字母A除了lonɡ a 及short a 外, 還可有以下的讀音:
/ɪ/ - e.g. imaɡe /ˈɪmɪdʒ/
/e/ - e.g. any /ˈeni/
/ɔː/ - e.g. all /ɔːl/
/ɒ/- e.g. wash /wɒʃ/
/ɑː/ - e.g. calm /kɑːm/
/ə/ - e.g. aɡo /əˈɡəʊ/

香港的學校的英語課程, 找不到系統性教授學生語音的方案。只是批評香港學生發音不好, 而不作出課程改革, 是沒有建設性的。

Derek Kwok