Pronunciation / Rapid Listening Skills (8 Weeks) (PRL101)
If you cannot hear a sound, you cannot pronounce it - and if you cannot pronounce it you cannot hear it. This principle of language learning means that adult learners have great difficulty learning to hear and speak a second language. The only way to overcome the difficulty is to practice extensively, using good models of speech. In this course, students will not improve miraculously, but they will learn study habits and identify materials they can use for the hundreds of hours of practice necessary to improve their speaking and hearing English. Key elements in the course will be sample materials for practicing the little sounds, rhythms and changes in loudness typical of English pronunciation. Useful prose passages, poetry and songs will also be identified.
David Phillips earned his MAT in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern California and has been working as an Academic English Instructor at Temple University Japan since 2016 and most recently, for the Plurilingual and Pluricultural Education Center at Meikai University. In addition to his university work, he also serves as an examiner for the Eiken Foundation of Japan throughout the year. Prior to living and teaching in Japan, he taught sociocultural anthropology to first-year undergraduates at the University of Washington and Intensive English courses at Seattle Pacific University for 5 years. David is focused on continuing to apply a sociocultural approach to every class lesson as a way to utilize student background knowledge and build co-created classrooms in which every student has opportunities to contribute and actively participate. When he is not teaching or publishing works on adapting materials for cultural responsiveness and autonomous learner development, he sings jazz and produces a music podcast called, "The Rhythm Circuit," which features a global listening base.
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