MaryEllen Welton
ESL Consultant/Accent Modification Coach/Spanish Tutor/Materials Developer

Native language: American English
Currently living in: United States


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        ATTENTION TUTORS AND TEACHERS                

                   ESOL Supplemental Material

Study packages to support your lessons or to provide additional help to students

  Study packages are designed to assist students in content specific areas of ESOL.  They can be included in a curriculum as a virtual language lab or as homework assignments.  Tutors can use them for lesson plans.    The study plans are easy to follow and are very thorough.  There is no preparation for the teacher and students find SpokenSkills very easy to use.

 The pronunciation study packages  begin with students recording a  reading passage that incorporates the  sound(s) to be studied.  A study plan detailing the step by step lessons is assigned to the  students on SpokenSKills. Students can work at their own pace and even download the lessons to their mp3 players.  Upon completion of all the steps, students will record the initial passage and both student and teacher will assess improvement.  

In addition to pronunciation, other comprehensive study packages are available that include: the study of numbers, grammar and listening comprehension.  Below are  the study plans currently offered.

Every study package includes at least 8 practice exercises (for students only) and 4 assessments.  Assessments are uploaded by the student and submitted for review.  Either the teacher can assess the student's work or a trained instructor can be hired (see option 2 below) which includes complete management of the class as well as feedback from a native speaker.  Option 3 is the most economical.  It consists of practice pages only, but almost all of the exercises and activities  can be incorporated in class.  The class activities section on the main page of Spoken Skills are samples of practice pages.

Further explanation of the study packages is on the ENGLISH PACKAGES FOR STUDENTS page.

For more information on the content of the lessons or to purchase a package for your students, please contact me at:   eslmel26@yahoo.com . 

I can also develop and/or customize study packages to accomodate your classroom lessons.                                                

STUDY PACKAGES:

1.  Practice with Numbers                                                            

Exercises include: word stress in numbers (example: forty/fourteen), numbers in the thousands, millions, and billions, vocabulary associated with money and how it is used when shopping, how to correctly give phone numbers and dates,  and listening comprehension (answering machine and phone messages).

1-2 month study

2.  Minimal Pairs:  B/V (boat-vote)      Languages: Spanish, Japanese,  Korean            

If your students have trouble distinguishing the two sounds /b/ and /v/ when speaking English, this study will be very thorough and helpful for them.  Exercises  include minimal pairs, vocabulary, explanation of how to produce the sounds, samples of incorrect pronunciation, pair work, and dialog.    Exercises can be adapted for use in the classroom.  Teacher lesson plans are included with additional suggested activities.

1-2 month study

                                                                    

3.  Minimal Pairs:  L/R (light-right)      Languages:  Chinese, Japanese, Korean

If your students have trouble distinguishing the two sounds /l/ and /r/ when speaking English, this study will be very thorough and helpful for them.  Exercises  include minimal pairs, vocabulary, explanation of how to produce the sounds,  pair work and dialog.    Exercises can be adapted for use in the classroom.  Teacher lesson plans are included with additional suggested activities.

1-2 month study

                            

4.  Minimal Pairs: W/V (west-vest)      Languages: German, Croatian, Hebrew, Finnish, Arabic

5.  Word Stress                  Languages: All

 

6.  Minimal Pairs:  Luck/Lock    Languages:  Spanish,

 

7. Minimal Pairs:  Yale/jail       Languages:  Spanish 

8. The Present Perfect (GRAMMAR)                                                     

This study plan will give students plenty of practice with the present perfect. Activities on Spoken Skills will allow students to work on listening comprehension and their speaking skills as it relates to the present perfect. Error analysis, pronunciation of contractions and dialogs are also included in the study package.  Students will  be given links to online activities that can be assigned for additional support. 

1-2 month study

9.  Initial S 

Languages: Spanish

10.  Voiced and voiceless th   

Languages: Spanish

 

11. Sentence Stress, Thought Groups, and Listening Comprehension

 Students will be taught what sentence stress and thought groups are.  By learning function and content words and how they are stressed, students will acquire a  new tool for listening for the main idea as well as improve their spoken English.  Students will be shown how to identify the stressed words and where thought groups are in a sentence.  There are plenty of exercises that allow students to practice their oral  and listening comprehension skills.  Among the activities are dictation, slow and fast speech recordings, music videos, dialogs, stating opinions and giving the main idea of a passage. 

_______________OPTIONS AND FEES__________________

Option 1:      $5.00 per student                  Price includes 4  assessments  and   8 practice pages (minimum)

12 lessons in total   (minimum) 

instructor feedback will be given by the institution or instructor purchasing the material (the four assessments)

includes teacher notes  (as well as in class activities and pair work .)

Option 2: $10.00 per student.

Same as above but includes my feedback for assessments, message board availability for additional help to students and coordination of group.   Basically, this will not require any additional work for the teacher. They will only have to assign the package to the students. 

Option 3: $2.50 per student                                          Practice pages only (7 in total)

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 VIDEO ANALYSIS:  Similar to the ELVIS Competition, you can assign a video presentation to your students.   They will receive feedback from their initial video along with exercises and tips.

COST:  $50.00 per student (includes one month subscription to SpokenSkills.)