Resource Round-up: ESL Garage on YouTube

Resource Round-up: ESL Garage on YouTube

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“If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that time and practice equal achievement.”

—Andre Agassi (1970 – ), American former world-champion tennis player

Do you teach Vietnamese English language learners? Is pronunciation a common obstacle in your classroom? If so, we highly recommend the ESL Garage channel on YouTube. Produced and presented by Teresa Nguyen, co-author of Compelling Conversations – Vietnam, this fun, interactive series tackles common pronunciation errors encountered by Vietnamese learners of English.

Provided with short practice exercises based on daily interactions and filled with American pop culture references, students will improve their communication skills and become more confident English-speakers.

A Fun AND Practical Pronunciation Guide

Featuring additional advice on and standardized pronunciation tests (TOEFL, IELTS) and asking clarifying questions, this versatile resource works well as both a supplementary classroom activity and an independent study aid. One of our favorite episodes, “How to pronounce English –ed endings through music,” walks Vietnamese ELLs through both voiced and voiceless pronunciations of the –ed ending, using music video clips from popular English language musicians like Lana del Rey and Adele as examples. Rhythm and rhyme are useful tools when it comes to memorization due to their repetitive nature. Using the Western music industry as a cultural touchstone invites students to listen and refine their speech in a way that’s both fun and familiar. Context matters!

Watch the full episode below:

How do you teach –ed endings in your classroom? Would you use music videos as a pronunciation aid? Why or why not?

Click here for sample content from Compelling Conversations Vietnam, or here to purchase a copy of your own on Amazon!

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About the Author

Eric H. Roth teaches international graduate students the pleasures and perils of academic writing and public speaking in English at the University of Southern California (USC). He also consults English language schools on communicative methods to effectively teach English.Roth co-authored Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics in 2006 to help English language learners increase their English fluency. Recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, the advanced ESL textbook has been used in over 50 countries in English classrooms and conversation clubs. Easy English Times, an adult literacy newspaper, has published a monthly column, “Instant Conversation Activities,” based on the book since 2008. The first specific version for a particular country, Vietnam, was published in 2011. Compelling American Conversations came out in 2012, and Compelling Conversations – Japan arrived in 2015. Eric enjoys sharing reflections, resources, and teaching tips on this #ESL #EFL #ELT blog.

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