Mostly True Memoirs

Pronunciation

So many ESL teachers complain that their students continue to make the same mistakes over and over.

They mock their students in the teacher chat rooms.

Is it the student’s fault?

NO!

If errors are being made, it’s the teacher’s responsibility to teach the concept.

One very common mistake is to mix up the hard /g/ and the soft /g/ in words like colleague and college.

Teachers, don’t get annoyed.

Impatience doesn’t teach your students anything.

Explain the rule about how to pronounce /g/.

Expect mistakes.

It’s hard to learn a new language.

With practice, they’ll get it right.

If you want your students to succeed, give them the tools to succeed.

Impatience is not an effective teaching tool.

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Mostly True Memoirs

Allergy Medication

Uggg.

Allergies.

When I take my allergy medication, I don’t sleep well.

When I don’t take my allergy medication, I can’t breathe.

Breathing…sleeping…

It’s a tough choice.

I haven’t been taking my allergy medication lately.

I really do need to sleep.

But this morning my nose wouldn’t stop running.

I teach English on line.

I need my voice to be clear.

I need to be able to teach pronunciation properly.

Today we studied the /zh/ sound.

As in treasure, casual, vision…

You can’t pronounce /zh/ properly when you are congested.

I don’t want my students to learn English with a cold accent.

I took an allergy pill.

I may regret it later.

But the lesson went well, so there’s that.

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