45. How do you correct pronunciation without embarrassing the student?

The best way to correct pronunciation without embarrassing students is to plan short, brief AND frequent pronunciation exercises or drills during the daily English-As-A-Second Language lesson. These exercises should be based on, and should help improve, student pronunciation errors that the ESL teacher has observed or heard during the previous lesson(s). Content area teachers can communicate on a daily basis with ESL teachers about the pronunciation errors their English Learners have made in their content area classes. ESL teachers can use this information and plan pronunciation activities for their next lesson.

When a student makes a pronunciation error during a lesson other than a language lesson, the teacher can model the correct pronunciation as (s)he repeats what the student has said, for purposes of clarifying or adding to what the student has said. When the goal of the lesson is NOT pronunciation, however, the topic or focus of the lesson should be adhered to throughout that lesson. The next day (or during the English As A Second Language/ESL lesson), the teacher can plan a brief pronunciation practice of difficult terms and words in the lesson.

Many English Learners and English-only students need help in pronouncing technical terms, or the names of historical figures or geographical names, or mathematical terminology, the names of elements and molecules in chemistry, key terminology in biology. The ESL teacher should work together with core content area teachers so (s)he can plan LANGUAGE lessons that help students with pronunciation difficulties. But content area teachers need to recognize that ALL students need help in pronouncing key terminology in the content areas. Content area teachers should provide for ALL students brief exercises to help ALL students say correctly the difficult terms used in content areas.




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