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Pronunciation Perspectives Part 2: A Video Conversation with Tracey Derwing

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

In a recent post, I shared portions of my video interview with Dr. Tracey Derwing, coauthor of Pronunciation Fundamentals: Evidence-Based Perspectives for L2 Teaching and Research (Derwing & Munro, 2015). Here, I bring you more from that interview, focusing on … Continue reading

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Pronunciation Perspectives: A Video Conversation With Tracey Derwing

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

Move over, Perfection—there’s a better, smarter game in town for pronunciation teaching. Starring twin hitters Intelligibility and Comprehensibility, and it’s all about evidence-based instruction and the listener-speaker dynamic. You see, I recently had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Tracey … Continue reading

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Readers Theater: A Superfood for Oral Skills

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

When it comes to preparing courses and lessons, we all know we need to provide learners with a healthy diet of nutritious classroom activities that promote practice, improvement, and achievement. In this sense, Readers Theater (RT) is a superfood, an activity chock … Continue reading

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Eyes vs. Ears: The Problem of Vowels

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece about how our eyes play tricks on our ears. We experienced the McGurk Effect and we listened to “Obama’s Elf,” and I believe most of us had fun realizing that no … Continue reading

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House Wheat This Hound!: The Problem of Listening

Karen Taylor de Caballero
Karen Taylor de Caballero

If you’re baffled by the title, don’t fret: “House Wheat This Hound!” means nothing in its printed form. When said out loud, however, a listener can find meaning: How sweet the sound! Here’s what’s interesting: the listener must be a … Continue reading

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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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