Playful ways to teach pronunciationAre you looking for a way to liven up your listening classes? Phonetic Bingo is a game for learners from beginner to advanced levels and from elementary age to adult classes. This can be used in listening comprehension lessons, or in pronunciation classes with an orientation toward listening.

So, instead of just listening to recordings of people talking, you have another option. Using this game, you can teach learners how to distinguish specific speech sounds from others. It can also be used to identify weak areas, giving you and them ideas about the speech sounds they need work on. The following details will give you a better idea of what’s needed and how the game is played. Read more

Helping ESL Students With Their Pronunciation IssuesAs probably all ESL teachers are aware of, many, if not most of their students have difficulties with pronunciation. Students may have a great understanding of grammar and a wide-ranging vocabulary, but if they can’t be understood when speaking, those are moot points.

But it is somewhat difficult for teachers to address every single pronunciation issue that pops up in class. Add to that, having a strictly pronunciation-oriented class can be seriously boring for the students and you. Plus, it can be downright embarrassing if teachers single out one student’s pronunciation issues. Read more

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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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 TESOL accent improvementHelping 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 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 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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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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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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