Tag Archives: pronunciation

You Say “Tomato”: Is Accent Variation Relevant to ESL Students?

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When the Gershwin brothers wrote “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” in 1937, accent variation was just as much a part of every day life as it is now, but talking about it was edgy, new. With the help of … Continue reading

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Teaching Short Stories

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

At the recent TESOL International convention in Toronto, I was privileged to attend an outstanding workshop entitled “10 Tips for Teaching Short Stories” by Sybil Marcus, an inspiring teacher from the University of California, Berkeley. Presenting excerpts from two short … Continue reading

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Lowering Affective Filter to Teach Adults Pronunciation

Robert Sheppard
Robert Sheppard

Rob Sheppard, director of adult education at Quincy Asian Resources, member of the community advisory council at First Literacy, and curriculum consultant at Boston Global Institute, has joined the TESOL Blog. Rob will be blogging biweekly on adult education. ___________________ Twice a … Continue reading

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Playing With Pronunciation

Alexandra Lowe
Alexandra Lowe

In many intermediate and advanced ESL classes, it’s common to assign a novel for students to read for class.  Less common is the assignment of a work of nonfiction. And rare indeed, in my experience, is the assignment of a … Continue reading

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PCI on Teaching Pronunciation

Sandra Rogers
Sandra Rogers

Dear Readers, Last year, I attended the pre-conference institute (PCI) on teaching pronunciation that focused on vowel quality and suprasegmentals.  Shirley Thompson and Karen Taylor of English Language Training Solutions, LLC, provided the workshop.  I learned about the concepts of … Continue reading

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