“Happy Homemade Christmas!” was written by retired Multicultural Speech Communication teacher, Norma Landa Flores. On pp. 1-6 there is a short story about two cousins, one secure and one insecure. Alma’s parents live in the garage of her uncle’s comfortable, warm 2 bedroom house, while Alma gets to live in the front house & share her cousin’s bedroom and toys.
Alma’s parents were migrant workers and out of work during the holidays. Her uncle also had no work for himself or his cement contracting employees. The parents worried that they couldn’t give the girls a happy Christmas. Then, they decided to make some homemade toys. And everyone learns that, “Even though we don’t have money for sparing, we’re not too poor for caring!”
On Page 7, “Questions for Discussion of Student’s Opinions,” 5 open questions about the story are asked, so that students may respond orally and interact by sharing details and values about the story.
On Page 8, Instructions are provided on how to pronounce the vowels [ æ ] Happy & [ ɑ ] Hoppy, Also Directions for using the Functional Pronunciation Assessment are given along with 6 contrasting sounds sentences for each student to take turns pronouncing & assessing each other’s pronunciation in dyads (peers/groups of two.)
On Page 9, 6 Communication Competency Behaviors are observed and Assessed as to use of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, articulation of word endings, emphasis of syllables & communication of message function & intention. The ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005, Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills is what brings meaning to English Speaking Proficiency goals.
Page 10 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Pronunciation and Communication Competence behaviors ranging from “Dangerous” to “Excellent.” This form comes with suggestions about which communication behaviors to improve in order to reach a higher level of functional communication competency.
Make your Bilingual, ESL, ELL, Immigrant and Multicultural Students & Teacher Preparation Educators feel good by sharing a Happy Homemade English Speaking Proficiency Lesson in class this Christmas/Navidàd!