Teaching Pronunciation: Using Poetry in the ESL Classroom 

As an English major, I enjoy teaching literature and drama in the classroom. This being said, this kind of content is often challenging to learn from for non-native speakers. Nonetheless, poetry is a great way to include creative and artistic content into the ESL classroom and can be used for a wide range of English levels. Due to the variety of structures, themes, and vocabulary, poetry is a great tool to enhance a multitude of ESL lessons and topics. TESOL Tips: Teach Poetry in the ESL Classroom

About the Author: Kyle Dore taught English in South Korea  for over 3 years. He is now teaching English in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Kyle graduated from OnTESOL’s 120-hour Advanced TESOL certificate program. 

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Teaching Pronunciation Drills to Korean Students

Learn to teach English pronunciation to South Korean ESL studentsBesides speaking, the next thing my Korean students struggle with is their pronunciation. Pronunciation is challenging to learn because adult learners have already developed their own oral musculature patterns. 

This blog is perfect for English teachers in South Korea and ESL teachers in Canada who are teaching newcomers or international students.

About the Author:  Melissa is a 120-hour TESOL graduate who spent one year in Japan before continuing her teaching career in Toronto, where she teaches English to South Koreans. 

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Teaching Pronunciation: Accent Improvement

Teaching pronunciation TESOL accent improvement Helping students improve their pronunciation and intonation will lead to an overall improvement of their speaking fluency. As all these elements improve, a student’s accent is minimized and the obstacles they find when trying to make themselves understood are diminished.

This article will focus on the three areas that are important when helping students improve their oral delivery of the language: word stress, intonation and general fluency.

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Teaching Pronunciation Activities

Teaching Pronunciation activities TESOLPronunciation is often overlooked in ESL classes. Many teachers just repeat words that are mispronounced, ask students to say them again, and move on with their class. This kind of remedial action can be useful as a backup, but it is not sufficient when it comes to teaching the students how to speak the language clearly.

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Teaching Pronunciation: From Mechanical Practice to Spontaneous Conversations

Teaching pronunciation with English conversation activitiesFollowing is a list of teaching pronunciation activities that will take the ESL/EFL learner from mechanical practice to using and producing the sound in free and spontaneous conversations.

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TESOL- Teaching Pronunciation Mechanical Activities

Teaching Pronunciation Mechanical Drills Teaching pronunciation is a long-term goal that takes patience and practice. Many ESL/EFL students feel frustrated when they see they cannot eliminate their accents so easily. In fact, it is quite hard to get rid of one’s accent when you are an adult. The focus of a pronunciation class should be on reducing their accent so that their pronunciation will not affect comprehensibility.

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Have Fun Teaching Pronunciation

Teaching PronunciationPronunciation is an area of English language learning that can cause anxiety for students and frustration for teachers.

What makes pronunciation different from other skill areas?

Learning pronunciation in a new language is different from learning grammar or vocabulary. Each area has its particular challenges, but there is something important to consider about teaching English pronunciation. As children, we learn to distinguish between the sounds that are important in the languages we hear around us, and we spend considerable time learning to make our articulatory muscles create the sounds needed for communicating in those languages.

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