Pronunciation Activities and Practice Site


, ,

A Corpus-Based Pronunciation Learning Website (Home Page)

A Corpus-Based Pronunciation Learning Website (Home Page)

This “A Corpus-Based Pronunciation Learning Website” from the University of Hong Kong site offers excellent information and activities for teaching AND learning English language pronunciation skills.  It also offers resources for how to learn Chinese!

Source: Pronunciation: Good Activities and Practice | Pronunciation Learning Website, FHM, HKIEd

Lessons and Activities Prepared for Adult English Language Learners

Below are links to lessons and activities that I’ve developed for adult learners:

Living in Two Worlds: Exploring Life Choices as a Bi-Cultural Person

English Articles Review Jeapardy Game

How Do You Like to Learn?

Graphic of Pre-Reading Skills

Thrift Store Shopping Game Cards

English Articles Explained



The Color Vowel Chart | American English


, , ,

The Color Vowel Chart below mimics the tongue position used to produce the English vowel phonemes along with a mnemonic word clue and color to help remind learners how to make the sound.  Please access the site listed below to learn how to use it, to access the sounds from the interactive chart (click on the color to hear them) and for information on how to gain permission to use the chart in classroom settings.  (The authors also sell poster-sized versions of the chart for $5 and sell a pack of 50 “mini-charts” for student use $12.  Computer-generated sound files are available for free.)


Color Vowel Chart.  Copyright 2009, 2012.  Authors: Karen Taylor & Shirley Thompson.

Note:  This above image may not be reproduced in any form or by any means without the express permission of the authors. Address all inquiries to the authors.

Source: The Color Vowel Chart | American English

English from around the World – Sound Comparisons – Exploring phonetic diversity across language families

In addition to English standard and dialect language families spoken around the world, visitors to this site can find out extensive information about the Germanic, Romance, Slavic, Celtic, Andean, Mapudungun and Malakula language families as well!  The website is a database platform, so you can research how languages are spoken in various places of the world in numerous different ways–and hear, see and download information the information on this site for free!

Source: Accents of English from around the World – Sound Comparisons – Exploring phonetic diversity across language families


See English Sounds in Action


, ,

If you want to practice your American Ensounds-of-englishglish pronunciation skills on your own, then this site may be just the answer!  The site offers videos, descriptions and audio files so you can see, read and listen to how to make different vowel and consonant sounds.  It also offers lessons and gives information on how use stress, rhythm and intonation within words and sentences.  These skills are also very important to know, since these make up the “music” of the language and significantly help listeners understand you when you speak in English.  I hope you find this site useful!


Source: sounds-of-english

My Services


, ,

I offer English language lessons to persons of all ages and language abilities.  As a student-centered teacher, my focus is always on what the student wants to learn and needs in order to be able to learn.  My approach toward teaching is based on proven methods for motivating students to want to learn, feel confident while learning, remember what they learn and reach their goals not only for the English language skills but as they go through their lives.  The reason I’m able to help my students apply what they learn from our sessions to other areas of their life is because I listen to them, seek their ideas and suggestions for lessons, give them choices and let them take the “lead” so far as how they want to explore a topic or practice a skill, and through guiding and supporting them until they feel confident and secure enough to take over the learning task on their own.

Of course, children do not learn in the same way as adults and I’m very aware of how to design lessons that appeal to both groups.  I also understand that each person learns differently and am able to create a learning environment in groups and classrooms that enables all students to participate and stay actively engaged while learning.  Students are not passive learners in my classes or individual tutoring sessions.  Rather, they learn from each other and I learn from them because I encourage them to ask questions of me and others as well as to answer questions before I do.  I also seek to know about their experiences in and outside of the classroom and use activities designed for them to form supportive and cooperative relationships with each other.  As a result, we build a strong, shared learning community that nurtures everyone’s sense of belonging, purpose and growth.

The links below contain examples of materials and lessons that created in the past. Students and teachers are welcome to use this material for their own purposes without asking for my permission.

Lessons and Activities for Adult Learners

Lessons and Activities for Young Children




Personal Contact  Form (private billing)

To request my services through Varsity Tutoring service, please Click Here.
(Billing through Varsity Tutoring)

Video Describing How Children Learn Language

In the childlab of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, the linguists examine among other things, how babies and children process language. They want to know which steps are necessary to understand words and sentences.
They measure the brain activity of children by means of electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). By this, the scientists can create an image of the brain in a playful atmosphere. In some studies, they also play just with the children. For example, the researchers show three-year-olds two images with different situations and tell a little story that fits into one of the two images. The child then chooses which image matching the story.

Source:Language research: Worth talking about (parent site)


Worth talking about | Max Planck Society


, , , , ,

Narrating, explaining, discussing, persuading, instructing – what humans do with language goes far beyond the mere exchange of information. Without language there would be no business or politics, religion or science, law or poetry. However, the phenomenon of language holds many mysteries: What is the origin of this uniquely human aptitude? How does our native language influence us, and which characteristics has language developed in the different corners of the world? An overview of some important language-related research is presented here.

Source: Worth talking about | Max Planck Society

Language Log Site Has it All


, , ,

If you really want to know something about a language, then the Language Log site is a great place to start your investigation!  If you can think of a topic related to language learning, teaching, or usage that it doesn’t cover, I would love to know what it is!  In fact, I challenge you to try to come up with a question it can’t answer.