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Speaking & Pronunciation

April 14, 2018 | Michigan State University 


Concurrent Session Presentations


JHill2.jpgPronunciation Labs on a Budget 

Jessica Hill | Verbling

This presentation will offer resources and suggestions for supplemental pronunciation instruction that can be adapted to various contexts, including an IEP lab and online tutoring. Participants will brainstorm and plan to activate their institution’s resources, promote students’ communicative competence, and get them speaking confidently outside of class. 



CMacknish.JPGSpeaking in Authentic Contexts: ESL Students’ Engagement in Service-Learning 

Cynthia Macknish | Eastern Michigan University

This session explores a service-learning project that provides ESL students with an opportunity to practice their oral fluency and intelligibility in an authentic context. The presenter will outline the preparation, describe the community engagement, and share sample multimodal reflections. Attendees will discuss ways to adapt the project for their context.


JMusser.JPGLet’s Talk Community: Developing Speaking Strategies for Community Engagement

Jennifer Musser | Eastern Michigan University

One important function of adult ESL programs is to promote learners’ social interaction and engagement beyond the classroom. This presentation highlights strategies, original lessons and performance-based assessments - including a field trip and a community video project - for developing learners’ speaking strategies and sense of community belonging. 



ASeo.jpgStorybooks: Tools for Pronunciation Development 

Adrienne Seo | Eastern Michigan University

This presentation aims to demonstrate how storybooks and literary works can be used as tools for teaching pronunciation. Specifically, performing stories promotes the development of phonological awareness, stress, and intonation in English language learners. In addition, teachers will learn instruction techniques, which can be used with both children and adults.



ST_Glasses.jpegA Multimodal, Brain-friendly Approach to Teaching Pronunciation 

Shirley Thompson | English Language Training Solutions

Knowing what to focus on and why will enable you to help your learners improve their spoken English. Learn simple, yet powerful, multimodal techniques appropriate for learners at all level. These visual, auditory and kinesthetic techniques are centered on The Color Vowel® Chart, a visual organizer for vowel sounds. 



RYates.jpgBrainstorming Pronunciation Teaching Methods: A Discussion among Educators

Rhonda Yates | Oakland University

Many adult English learners want to improve their English pronunciation, but educators can struggle to find the best teaching methods to help students in their quest. In this session, we will discuss the common methods used and brainstorm ways to help our students improve their English pronunciation.