Learning a new language is learning a new way to communicate with those around you. At ECSD, students are given an academic foundation for communicating successfully in English – by speaking it!!
So how do you actually say all these new English words and phrases? Here are a few tips & tricks for ESL students:
1. Slow it down!! Students that try to hurry through their words lose the basic essence of what it is they are trying to say. We want our students to pace themselves according to their level and their ability to form new sounds articulately. If you speed through English words, try to listen as you do so: you will realize that you can’t even understand yourself! Slowing down also means taking pronunciation step-by-step: try single sounds, then words, & then finally a string of words together, or “phrase”.
2. It’s All in the Lips! Pronouncing English words means teaching your mouth new ways to move while using different muscles. Each day brings new challenges for every ESL student. Having trouble with [p]? To make the [p] sound, have your two lips touching and blow out some air. As strange as this may be, try then practicing those [p]s with words that are familiar to you, such as Put, Play, Pie, or Pray.
3. Put On Some American Pop Songs!! Love listening to Gaga, Britney, or JT? Get going with your English pronunciation practice by turning up the tunes and singing along with American pop stars. Singing can be calming and fun – & the music helps to remember the sounds of the words (lyrics).
4. Get A Practice Pal. Feedback is key for students who want to know how they sound. So find a friend who can give good feedback about your English pronunciation skills. And your friend can improve with you!
ECSD is dedicated to teaching students every aspect of the English language. And of course, communication is key! That is why ECSD sponsors FREE Pronunciation classes every Wednesday and Thursday – and they are open to all students!!