“Clarifying Mispronunciations and Misunderstandings in Earth Day Dialogues!” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication, for teacherspayteachers.com. This Dialogue meets Common Core Curriculum standards as it serves as a Historically, Culturally Significant Pronunciation Lesson, provides Critical Thinking Interaction through Socially Significant Questions for Discussion and Competency-Based Criteria & Assessment forms. This PDF digital download lesson is suitable for students in grades 10-12 & Adult Vocational/Bicultural Communication ESL classes.
The 9 page Oral Communication & Pronunciation Improvement Dialogue Lesson is presented as follows: Page 2 features the dialogue, “Respect the Earth, Respect Its People.” It also includes specific instructions of how to pronounce 4 vowel sounds [ ɝ ] Earth [ æ ] Papoose [ ʌ ] Son & [ ɑ ] Walls.
Page 3 is the Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion part featuring questions about the content of the dialogue on page 2. Students are given an opportunity to discuss their choice with a partner & explain why it was an appropriate answer, given the dialogue's message.
Page 4 is the Articulation Assessment page containing six sentences stressing the four vowels in the lesson. Students meet in dyads to assess each other’s appropriate pronunciation and score themselves from Excellent to Dangerous communication skills observed.
Page 5 is the Communication Competency Pronunciation Assessment Standards chart describing levels of proficiency and how they affect clear communication.
Pages 6-9 The Appendix, offers suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator of this lesson and include the teacher/author's multicultural pedagogy integrating lessons learned at Frances De Pauw, School for Mexican American Indian Girls.
The colorful illustrations make this dialogue relevant and the lesson comes alive historically and multiculturally. Students will feel the spirit of collaboration for a just cause as they read the dialogue and discuss the answers. Make Earth Day, World Peace Day &/or Arbor Day more than just a day for planting some trees. Make it a day of learning the way to achieve cooperation for a common cause, progress in human relations, by respecting the Earth and all of its People too!