KT for Chinese Speakers

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Here’s help for Chinese speakers to get a more American English sound.  When consonants “c” (k) and “t” are in the middle of a word (like “practice”), or between two words in a phrase. (like "take two"), hold out the vowel just before the “k” sound, then make a gentle, quiet “k” linked to the “t”. DO NOT ...

A Day in the Life of an SLP – Accent Modification

Day in the Life of an SLP Accent Modification

  I’m headed off to work this morning, where I'll spend 2 hours in English pronunciation class with adults from 5 different countries and cultures.  It’s every Monday morning and my current clients are Iranian, Chinese (Mandarin), Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese.  Our class is part of an ESL (English as a Second Language) program in our community.  ...

New Tongue Thrust Printables

Tongue Thrust Therapy

Please stop by my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I've published some useful materials for working with students who tongue thrust. Tongue Thrust Exercises and Activities Tongue Thrust Words and Sentences Tongue Thrust Tic Tac Toe Game What is tongue thrust and why is it important to correct?  A heavy force such as chewing only occupies a small amount of ...

Understanding Can and Can’t – with Audio

Understanding Can & Can

A student in English Pronunciation class asked how to make "can" and "can't" different, because when she hears an American use these words it's hard to tell them apart! Sometimes you can hear the T on "can't" but not always.  There is an easier way to know the difference: When we use "can" (affirmative) the vowel often ...

List of ESL Classes for 2016-2017

ESL teacher classes San Jose CA

Classes start September 12th.  We'll have 8 classes this year at WestGate South Hills Church, Mondays 9:30-11:30am  6601 Camden Avenue, San Jose CA 95120.  Free child care available.  Intermediate and advanced students may choose the Literacy class, or the Pronunciation class.  Printable list of classes here. List of ESL Classes     2016-2017 WestGate South Hills Beginning ESL Class 1 ...

ESL Classes for Adults, San Jose CA

Accent reduction ESL English Pronunciation San Jose CA

ESL classes (English as a Second Language) will start Monday, September 12, 2016, and run through Monday, May 15, 2017. Please join us if you are in the San Jose, California area. Classes are held Mondays, 9:30 - 11:30 AM at WestGate South Hills (6601 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120). Childcare is available for the Monday class. A registration fee ...

Bilingualism and Translanguaging

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Have you heard of translanguaging and its benefits for bilingual learners? "If you haven’t, ‘translanguaging’ is the “ability of multilingual speakers to shuttle between languages, treating the diverse languages that form their repertoire as an integrated system” (Canagarajah, 2011, p. 401).   In other words, translanguaging allows bilinguals to make “flexible use their linguistic resources to make meaning ...

Happy Summer ESL Students!

We hope you're having a fun and relaxing summer! Mark your calendars now for the start of our ESL Classes, on Monday September 12, 2016. Our location is WestGate South Hills, 6601 Camden Avenue, San Jose, California, 95120. This year we are offering our regular Monday morning classes, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. There is a "one ...

The Mistakes You’re Making Teaching Pronunciation

Pronunciation Teachers can be focused on teaching certain things, while missing valuable lessons for students.  Here are some mistakes to avoid when teaching English pronunciation: TALKING TOO MUCH - This is a common error among ESL and English pronunciation teachers! Make sure you are allowing time for students to listen, think and respond in English. Don't fill up ...