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, ...

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 ...

Learning Social Skills

I was recently asked by a friend what would help her son develop his social skills.  We talked for a bit and here are the ideas I shared: Vocabulary - To begin a dialogue on social skills your son or daughter needs to know and use words like feeling, thinking, expectation, intention, reaction, meltdown, repair? All these ...