Including Common Word Practice In Your Programs

Jan 28, 2020

Practicing the pronunciation of common words and phrases is one of the fastest, easiest ways to help your students improve their spoken English.

I always include common word practice as a part of my accent and pronunciation training programs and the lesson below is an example of how I do it.  

As you watch the video, you'll notice that I am not focused on any one particular target sound, but I do find ways to incorporate practice on rhythm, intonation, syllable stress, vocabulary, and idioms.  

This type of lesson would be great for a maintenance session (after your student has completed a set amount of sessions that focus on all the target sounds in your lesson plan) or as a way to give them an extra week of practice on a more difficult sound (like /R/!)  Working this way gives your student a little more time to practice the target sound and make it consistent, while still presenting new information and practice, so you aren't boring them with endless repetition practice and old information.

This particular lesson focuses on how to pronounce the most common languages spoken in English, but you could use any topic to structure a session the same way.

This lesson was part of one of my online courses so the teaching style is slightly different, but I think it gives a good idea of some ways to incorporate common word practice.

In a live, private session, I would never talk this much!  I would use a practice sheet, model the first few words and then let the student take over, making corrections when needed.  You always want the student to talk as much as possible so that you can listen and correct. 

Questions?  Let me know in the comments section below


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