Course Information (grading, attendance policy, etc.)

The Sounds of American English

Strategies for Private Practice
Conversation Styles

Web Resources:
Merriam-Webster Audio Dictionary
Prof. Krauss' Independent Study Lab
Dave's ESL Cafe
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
The Internet TESL Journal
Virtual Piano

Click for News and Events for ESL Students. Read articles and post a comment.

Calendar - Spring 2016

Week 1

No car? No problem! There is a shopping center within walking distance of NCSU.
Check out Cameron Village:
The shops of Cameron Village
Map: How to get to Cameron Village from NCSU

Wolfprowl - Express weekend entertainment transit service to Glenwood South with connections to downtown Raleigh

Course Overview

Introducing yourself

Newborns cry with an accent

After 4 months, you have to start all over

What makes up our accents?

I can interpret in seven languages

Well Said: p.155: Introduction to Consonants

Recording 1 Overview: Pronunciation Diagnostic Assignment

Week 2 
1/11, 1/15
Well Said, p.185: Introduction to Vowels

Well Said: Chapter 2. Dictionary Skills
Review of phonetic symbols

“He Sounds Like He’s Bored” (Coursepack)
Vowel Interjections

Recording 1 (diagnostic) due no later than 1/15

Recording 1 requirements
How to record your assignments
Submit your work at: https://wolfware.ncsu.edu/

American Culture Notes: Dr. Martin Luther King
I Have a Dream
America (My Country 'tis of Thee)

Week 3 

(Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Week 4
1/25, 1/27

Well Said: Chapter 7, cont.
If you can raed tihs...
Where Are the Bags of Chips?
What’s the Fastest Way to Send His Packages?

Well Said, p. 162: // and /  / )

Social Problems (Coursepack, p. 20)

Beliefs about Alcohol Addiction Listen to paragraph reading

Well Said, p. 196  // - /a/ and /a/ - // bought vs cot

Well Said, p. 200:  // - / /

Recording 2 due by end of week
Requirements for Recording 2
Record your work at: https://wolfware.ncsu.edu/

Week 5
2/1, 2/3

Use your smartphone to improve pronunciation

Assignment due Monday, February 8:
Humorous Definitions (Coursepack, page 14)
Audio Tutorial:  .mp3 file
Listen to Audio Tutorial and complete work in coursepack.
Overview of i+vowel stress rule
You will have a short quiz on this material Monday.

Well Said: Chapter 10. Phrasing, Pausing, Linking

Nina Weinstein: Smoothing Out English
Contractions and Reduced Forms

Reduced Forms in President Obama's Education Speech
Making Sense of What You Hear
Mad Gabs
Mairzy Doats
More about linking

Well Said
, p.170: // - // - / s / 
Practice with   // - // - // - / /

Educational Television (Coursepack)
Educational Television Audio Files

American Culture Notes: Guess the Category

Week 6
2/8, 2/10

Humorous Definitions Assignment due Monday, February 8

Quiz 2 Wednesday, February 10       Quiz 2 Format

Well Said: Chapter 4 (-s endings)
Opens and Closes (Coursepack)

Cultural Values (Coursepack)

Recording 3 due by end of week
Requirements for Recording 3
Record your work at: https://wolfware.ncsu.edu

Valentine's Day February 14

Week 7
2/15, 2/17

Where Are Your Extra-Large Hats?

Audio Tutorial: Well Said: Chapter 4 (-ed endings)
Listen to audio

Well Said, p.189 - // -  /  /
Well Said: Chapter 8. Thought Groups and Focus Words

Formal vs Informal Language            Rachel's English

Week 8
2/22, 2/24
Quiz 3 Wednesday, February 24
Quiz 3 Format

Well Said: Chapter 8, continued
More practice with rhythm and focus
Audio Tutorial to complete Chapter 8: Listen to audio

Review for midterm exam

Week 9
2/29, 3/2
Midterm Oral Exams (individual appointments)
Midterm Exam Format
Midterm Oral Exam Schedule
Spring Break 3/7 - 3/11 - NO CLASSES
Week 10 
3/14, 3/16

Midterm Oral Presentations, Wednesday, March 16
Requirements for Midterm Oral Presentation
Sample Presentations

View Your Presentation Video
Submit Your Presentation Self-Evaluation

Think Differently

American Culture Notes: St. Patrick's Day

Well Said: Chapter 5. Stress in Words
ping PONG or PING pong?
Lida Baker on Compounding
Blackbirds and Orange Juice

Two-word verbs

More practice with two-word (phrasal) verbs

Phrasal Verb Drink Dispenser

Week 11
3/21, 3/23

Happy Persian New Year

Well Said: Chapter 5, continued

Word Stress: -ate endings (Coursepack)

Well Said, p. 193 - //   / /   //

Well Said, p.174: - /r/ - /l/
How to pronounce the sounds of r and l
Especially for Japanese students
More practice with r and l
Ordering and asking for something

Recording 4 due by end of week
Requirements for Recording 4
Record your work at: https://wolfware.ncsu.edu/

American Culture Notes:

Week 12
3/28, 3/30

Week 13
4/4, 4/6

Quiz 4 Monday, April 4         Quiz Format

Practice idiom skits in class 4/4

Well Said
: Chapter 9, cont
"Valley Girl" talk  

"Punctuating" with your voice

Hey, "YOU," outta the way!

The Vowel Sound /yuw/ (Coursepack)

Idiom Skits Wednesday, 4/6
Week 14
4/11, 4/13
Well Said, p. 180 -/v/, /b/, /w/

Intonation/Inflection Skits

Recording 5 due by the end of the week
Requirements for Recording 5

Record your work at: https://wolfware.ncsu.edu/
Week 15
4/18, 4/20

Practicing discussion skills

Final In-class Oral Presentations Wednesday, April 20
Presentation Format

Week 16
Final Exam Review  Final Exam Review Sheet
Review of compounds and -ate endings

Essay Quiz 5 due before the final oral exam      Quiz Format
  Final Oral Exam
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Withers Hall, Room 145
Final Exam Schedule