Pronouncing “Jesus”

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My Korean student came to Bible study today. And I noticed the way she said "Jesus" was hard to understand. Now this is not the "Jesus" that my Hispanic friends say -"Hay-soos".  That is very easy to understand. This Korean "Jesus" sounded like "Jeezhus". I noticed that instead of using a Z sound there in ...

Close & Clothes (Misunderstood Words)

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My ESL and pronunciation students say these words are often confused - "close" and "clothes". Below are some helpful hints for pronouncing close - near close - shut clothes - apparel 1.      close kl oh s near My house is close to school. Almost always “close to”   2.      close kl oh z to shut, or to end He will close the door. The service will close with a hymn.   3.      cloze kl ...

Jaw Stability/Jaw Grading in Tongue Thrust

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If you have a student or client with tongue thrust (as known as oral myofunctional disorder)  you may need some information about the jaw. Learn more about the jaw here and see my resources for therapy ideas on Teachers Pay Teachers.com. The vowels are often affected by the position of the jaw. If you are teaching English pronunciation to a foreign-born ...

10 Ways to Improve your English

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10 Ways to Improve Your English Speaking 1.Join an ESL class for regular practice in English. 2.Practice with a native English speaker every day for a few minutes. Tell your American friend, neighbor or workmate you are trying to improve your English, and ask them to chat with you each day. 3.Learn English sounds and pronunciation rules. Most helpful ...

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 Paper Suck Tic Tac Toe What is tongue thrust and why is it important to correct?  A heavy force such as chewing only occupies a small amount of time ...

Understanding Can and Can’t

Understanding Can & Can

A student in English Pronunciation class asked how to make "can" and "can't" different, because when she hears Americans use these words it's hard to tell them apart! Sometimes you 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 gets reduced, ...

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 ...