Monday, May 2, 2016

Day 25

Class Today:

  • Warm-up: What have you improved from this class? What would you like to still improve? 
  • Ways to Continue studying English
  • Compensation Strategies
  • ICES

Friday, April 22, 2016

Day 23

Class Today:
  • Warm-up: Which is more important, time or money?
  • Discuss Assignment 4
    • Office Hours
  • Review Linking 
  • Linking Ranking Activity
  • Hot Seat (if time) 

Next Class: Review Intonation & Linking, trimming

Homework: Prepare dialogue and bring to next class.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Day 22

Class Today
Warm-up- Are you a type A or type B personality? 
  • Review
  • Intonation Practice Activity
Next Class: Review Intonation, Continue Linking

Homework: Explain a word from ML3. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Day 20:

Class Today:

  • Warm-up: Which season do you like best? Why?
  • ML 3 Prep continued
    • Share with a partner your potential ML3. Get feedback from them. 
  • Continue Intonation
    • Well Said
  • EPI Practice (if time)

Homework: Prepare for Mini Lecture 3. Be sure to look at the assignment and rubric.

Next Class: Mini Lecture 3

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Day 19

Class Today:
  • Warm-up Discussion
    • Are you an early bird or a night owl? Which one do you think is better? Why?
  • Start Intonation
    • Well Said p. 123-
Next Class: Continue Intonation, Prep more for ML 3

Homework: Undergraduate Interview Assignment is due on Wednesday. Finish Handout as homework and bring to class.

Day 18

Class Today

  • Continue Focus stress with this activity

Next Class: Review Focus stress,

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Day 18: Review stress, focus words

Class Today:
  • Review stress in longer words
    • Pronunciation Pairs Activity
    • -ate Prefix activity
  • Start Focus words
    • Well Said p. 109
  • Introduce ML 3

Next Class: Continue focus, prep for ML3. 

Day 17

Class Today:

  • Warm-up- Who is the happiest person you know? Describe him or her. 
  • Review First 3 rules of word stress
  • Next 3 rules
  • Communicative Activity


Next Class: Review stress in longer words,

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Day 16

Class Today:

  • Discussion: What would you LIKE to do over spring break?
  • Review stress rules for shorter words
  • Stress Review Handout
    • Where is stress?
      • unstressed vs stressed vowels
    • What is stress?
      • longer vowel
      • pitch jump
      • purer vowel
  • Warm-up
    • Listen to me read Well Said p. 69-70
  • p. 72-74, Well Said
  • Hot seat (if time)

Next Class: Continue stress in longer words


  • Reflection Assignment found on Moodle. 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Day 15

Class Today:
  • If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
  • Review -d and -s endings
  • Review short word stress
  • Prep for ML2
    • ML 2 Handout from previous class.
  • Hot Seat  (if time)
Next Class: Mini-Lecture 2, EPI Practice (if time)

  • Sign up for ML2 Conference, here.
  • Bring self-evaluation sheet to conference. Please watch presentation before the conference.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Day 14:

Class Today:
  • Review compound nouns with activity
  • Two syllable verbs with a prefix, nouns vs. verbs, two word verbs
    • Well Said p. 62-64
  • Acronym Activity
Next Class: Review ML 2, Prep for Mini lecture

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Day 13

Class Today:
  • SMART Goals
  • Review Compound Nouns
  • Stress in Numbers
  • Stress in 2 syllable verbs with a prefix
    • Well Said p. 62
  • Stress in nouns,  nouns used as verbs, two-word verbs
    • Well Said p. 63-65
Next Class: Review word level stress, Abbreviation/Symbol Stress, Practice describing a visual

1. For practice, record yourself describing your chosen visual aid.
2. Prepare for ML 2 next Wednesday.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Day 12: Rhythm, Graphs

Class Today:
  • Address mid-term feedback
    • Speaking too fast
      • Feel free to ask me to repeat something. 
    • Textbook
    • Repetition in class
      • Necessary to start with
  • Compound Noun Stress
Next Class:   Compound Adverb, Phrase, Number, Prefix, Verb/Noun Stress


  • Academic Journal 5 is due next Wednesday

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Day 11

Class Today:
  • Lightning Talk: Who has inspired you? 
  • Review s and d endings to describe graphs and other visual aids.
  • Begin focus words from Well Said p. 108-118
  • Evaluate me! 
Next Class:  Review graphs, Continue focus words

1. EPI Reflection & Academic Journal 3
2. Reflect on your visual aid. Is it appropriate for ML2?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Day 10

Class Today:
  • /s/ endings communicative activity Well Said p. 44
  • /d/ endings  Well Said p. 45-47
  • Introduce ML 2

Next ClassReview /s/ and /d/ endings,

  • Bring a graph/figure you would like to explain for Mini-lecture 2
  • Academic Word Journal
  • EPI Reflection

Day 9

Class Today:
  • Finish EPI
  • Review voiceless and voiced
  • Continue /s/ endings
Next Class: Review /s/ and /d/ endings

1. EPI reflection is due next Wednesday.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Day 8:

Class Today:
  • Introduction to EPI
  • Consonant Supplements 1 & 2
  • /s/ ending
    • Well Said p. 39-44

Next Class:  Continue EPIConsonants, /ed/ ending, Focus words

Homework: Bring phone to record your voice.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Day 6

Class Today:
Lighting Round: Why did you choose your field of study?
Vowel Review: Review vowels with fill in the empty boxes game.

Message Units: Review message units, start focus words. We will use this handout.

Next Class: Mini Lectures!!


1. Choose a conference time. Remember conferences are part of your grade.
2. Finish homework assignment on Moodle.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Day 5

Class Today:
Warm-Up: What topic did you pick and why? Explain it to the rest of your group.
  • Continue vowels in Well Said 
  • Review vowels with Pronunciation Journey game
Message Units
  • Review Activity
  • Finding focus words, Well Said p. 113-121
Lightning Round: Why did you choose to study in your field? (if time)

Next Class: Review vowels, message units, and prepare for ML1


Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 4: Message Units, Vowels

Class Objectives:
  • Further practice challenging English vowels
  • Integrate Message Units into your spoken English.

Class Today:
  • Lightning Activity- 
  • Introduce ML1
  • IPA Website
  • Vowels: /I/,/iy/,/ɛ/, /ey/,/ɑ//ʌ//æ/ɛ/
    • Well Said p. 192-198
  • Message Units (called Thought Groups) p. 103-113
  • Choose a topic for ML1
  • Choose a day to present ML1, here
  • Choose a day and time to meet with me for the conference.

Next Class: Review vowels, practice message units, prepare for ML1

Friday, January 22, 2016

Day 3: Language Learner

Class Objectives:
  • Discuss what makes a good language learner.
  • Continue American English vowels.
  • Develop awareness of difficult vowels
  • Recognize how message units make you more understandable.
Class Today:
  • Good Language Learner Activity
  • Continue vowels in Well Said 189-193
  • Pronunciation Journey Vowels 
  • Describe Homework Assignment
  • If you haven't already, purchase Well Said: Pronunciation for Clear Communication
    • I will not copy pages from the book after the third week of class unless the bookstore is sold out.
  • Please put a photo on your Moodle profile. This helps me learn your name.
  • Your perception assignment is due Monday by midnight through Moodle. Please remember late homework assignments are not accepted. 

Day 2: Introduction to Each Other, Technology, Vowels

Class Objectives:
  • Introduce ourselves.
  • Understand all the cool technology we use in this course. 
  • Get familiar with challenging American English vowels
Class Today
  • Introduction to Each Other
    • Every class we do some sort of warm-up talk activity. This is our first one!
  • Quick Review of Course Policies 
    • Since there are new students, let's review course policies quickly. 
  • Technology
    • Moodle
    • Blogspot
    • Google docs
    • Audacity and VLC 
  • Introduction to English Vowels
    • Well Said 185-205
    • Bring this to our next class. 
  • Diagnostic Meeting and Perception Assignment
    • Please pick a time to meet with me do the oral part of the diagnostic.
    • Perception Homework
Next Class: Review American English vowels, Message Units

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 1: Introduction to the Class and Diagnostic

Class Today:
  • Introduction to the Class
  • Introduction Form
    • Please fill out as many details as possible. 
  • Diagnostic
    • If needed, you will meet me in my office to do a placement test.