Review of Three ESL Materials Term Paper by Nicky

A review of a website, DVD and article on teaching English second language (ESL) students.
# 151384 | 1,779 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 10, 2012 in Education (Teaching Methods) , Education (ESL)

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The paper critically examines a website entitled "ESL: Pronunciation" that attempts to refine ESL students' pronunciation and use of the English language through a variety of self-directed means. The paper highlights its limitations and notes that this website seems more geared at individuals who are already practiced in learning foreign languages. The paper then reviews Dorothy Taguchi's DVD "Accent America" and points out why it is also of limited value for students. Finally, the paper examines the article "Building on the Sound System of Spanish: Insights from the Alphabetic Spellings of English-Language Learners" by L. Helman and finds that the author's tips are helpful, not just for teaching Spanish-speaking students, but for any ESL teacher.

Instructional Materials Review
Instructional Technology Review
Scholarly Article Review

From the Paper:

"This website entitled ESL: Pronunciation, which is published as a sub-page of the Internet TESL (Teachers of English as a Second Language) Journal attempts to refine ESL students' pronunciation and use of the English language through a variety of self-directed means. One link, for example, enables students to listen to various statements in English made by an English-language speaker. Students must then fill in the missing 'blank' word in a print version of the sentence, to show a connection between print and speech. However, the words used in the exercise are not commonly mispronounced words, so the value, other than general practice, seems minimal. Additionally, the exercise is multiple-choice, so uncertain students can always engage in guesswork.
"An unfortunate aspect of any ESL pronunciation online materials is that a teacher cannot listen or correct students' pronunciation, which is a building-block of any effective instruction program. Still, it could be argued that allowing students to engage in self-study is useful, as it enables shy students to tackle vocabulary they might hesitate to use in the classroom. But overall, the instructional website does not seem to use technology in an effective manner. While some audio files are included in subject areas that demand student interaction, like the use of intonation, accents, and common pronunciation errors, they are the most bare-bones features of the website."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • ESL: Pronunciation. (2009). A sub-page of the Internet TESL Journal.Retrieved November 5, 2009 at www. iteslj.orglinks/ESL/Pronunciation/
  • Helman, Lori A. (2004). Building on the sound system of Spanish: Insights from the alphabetic spellings of English-language learners. The Reading Teacher, 57(5), 452-460.
  • Taguchi, Dorothy. (2005). Accent America. Penton Overseas.

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