“Did You Mean Peach or Pitch? ” written by Norma Flores and available @teacherspayteachers.com, is a 10 page lesson in developing oral communication competency by turning confusing mispronunciations into funny message clarification interactions, while focusing on Front Vowel pronunciation interactions and peer assessments 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 Front Vowel Guide table.
Page 4 Contrasts [ i - ɪ ] vowels in the words “peach” and “pitch,” when Felicia says, “Peaches grow on a tree but pitches are thrown by my big brother” Page 5 Contrasts [ i - ɪ ] vowels in the words “ meatball” and “mitt ball,” when Jimmy tells Leo not to wish for meatballs when he’s playing baseball.
Page 6 is the “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion of Student’s Values About Things That Happen Inside & Outside Our Classrooms” Oral Communication worksheet for teachers to use in facilitating student Cross-Cultural interaction and values sharing.
Page 7, features the Functional Pronunciation Assessment worksheet through which dyads meet to assess each others pronunciation competency of the target sounds. Page 8 is the ACCESS, Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills form. Students read the sentences a second time and evaluate themselves on the observable communication behaviors of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, grammar, emphasis & communication of message function & intention.
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.
Page 10 describes the Cross-Cultural Oral Communication Method used to facilitate learning of these skills by student’s of all cultures & language backgrounds as taught by any and all teachers, tutors or community volunteers.
“Did You Mean Peach or Pitch?,” is a fun way to approach clarification of mispronounced words by using humorous student-centered situations to evaluate the appropriate way to pronounce words considering the time, place, relationship and values 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 made fun of. It’s a great way to reduce communication apprehension for students in grades 4-7 & Adult ELL, Migrant, Immigrant, Refugee & ESL Speakers,Teachers, Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language Arts, Oral Communication & Academic Curriculum Developers. Now, you can enjoy teaching and learning with "Did You Mean Peach or Pitch?"