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.