EFL teachingThis is currently the main focus for S4 phonetics but it has many other applications.
Accent coachingTeaching how to:
- become aware of non-standard aspects of speech and change
- move between British and American accents,
- pronounce perfectly, for non-native speaker actors and singers.
A corpus of transcribed natural speech can be built up and
used for linguistic analytics. S4 is transcribed in a very
rigorous manner using text-to-sound for checking. This makes
it very consistent and suitable for compiling reliable source
InfotainmentFilm clips can be sub-titled in S4 to learn English Karaoke-style:
Books and playsBooks can be written in S4 phonetic text, for instance, here are first few pages of the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a PDF file.
There is a wide range of books that could profitably be transcribed in S4 phonetics, from Shakespeare to the latest best-sellers. When you get used to it, reading phonetic material is a rich and enjoyable experience.