ERIC Number: ED405745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
A Guidebook for Enriching ESL Instruction with Pronunciation Practice: A Model of Teacher Action Research. Product and Final Report.
Coro, Christopher; McCrossan, Linda V.
At the request of beginning English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students and their teachers, pronunciation problems of Spanish and Vietnamese speaking learners were identified and prioritized by ESL teaching staff. Under the direction of the project director, resources to help teachers aid their students in addressing these problems were identified and analyzed. For these resources, a number of brief, practical teaching strategies and activities were developed, tested, and revised in order to answer students' requests for help with pronunciation without compromising the integrity of the communicative life skills curriculum. The result was a guidebook for ESL practitioners--particularly those with little formal training or experience in phonology--that contains the methodology so that practitioners with learners from other language groups might replicate the process to meet the local program needs of their students. Included is a condensed, easy to follow background "crash course" on phonology as well as tips, strategies, and classroom activities for enriching the teaching of ESL in beginning life skills classes by incorporating work with pronunciation. The guidebook also contains an annotated bibliography in order to help other programs and practitioners meet the needs of students from more than two dozen different language groups. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adult Literacy Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, PA.