“Bike Races, Hiking, Boys & Sunburns, Poetry & Pronunciation Guide,” written by Norma Flores and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 12 page lesson in developing oral communication competency by turning confusing mispronunciations into funny message clarification interactions, while focusing on [ ɑɪ - ɔɪ ] Vowel Pronunciation Contrasted with
[ eɪ - ɑ ] & [ ɝ - ɔ ] Vowel Pronunciation and peer assessment for multicultural students in grades 4-7 and above.
Page 2, features a Vowel Pronunciation Diagram of the mouth indicating the Front, Middle & Low areas along with the High, Central and Back areas so that students can “map” the direction in which their sounds can be navigated.
Page 3 is the Key to Standard American English Pronunciation featuring IPA, Key Word and Central Vowel Contrasts Guide table.
Page 4 Contrasts [ ɑɪ-eɪ ] vowels in the words “Bike” “Bake,” when an older boy sympathizes with a younger ESL boy about wanting to ride his tricycle in a big bike race . Page 5 Contrasts [ ɑɪ- ɑ ] vowels in the words “Hike” and “Hock,” As Mike is reminded not to start his hike before nine. Page 6 Contrasts [ ɔɪ-ɝ ] vowels in the words “Oil” and “Earl,” as Joyce and Roy discuss their boy’s boisterous and noisy behavior. Page 7 Contrasts [ ɔɪ - ɔ ] vowels in the words “ Floyd” and “Flawed” when Paula asks Floyd why they have to anoint themselves with ointment just to enjoy the Illinois sun.Page 8 features the Functional Pronunciation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others pronunciation competency of the target sounds.
Page 9, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Pronunciation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
Pages 10-12, The Appendix: Provides suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator about how to communicate orally about the dialogues and how to conduct student assessments through dyads.
“ Bike Races, Hiking, Boys & Sunburns, Poetry & Pronunciation Guide,” is a fun way to approach clarification of mispronounced words by using humorous community-centered situations to evaluate the appropriate way to pronounce words considering the time, place, and relationship of the persons communicating with each other. This method of teaching pronunciation reinforces clarity while poking fun at confusion. And never makes the speaker feel like he/she is being ridiculed. It’s a great way to reduce communication apprehension for Special Needs Students and ESL Speakers at any grade level. Enjoy!