“Happy New Year All Around the World!” written by Norma Flores and available on digital download at teacherspayteachers.com,
is a 9 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the poem entitled, “Happy New Year All Around the World,” on page 2.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion.” Page 4 is the [ ʌ ] Low-Central Tense Vowel and [ ɝ ] High-Central Tense Vowel Pronunciation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ ʌ ] Low-Central Tense Vowel and [ ɝ ] High-Central Tense Vowel Pronunciation. These standards for speaking and listening were agreed upon by the National Communication Association Task Force on Speaking and Listening Skills of which the author, Norma Landa Flores was a contributing participant. Page 6-9, is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator to more easily teach an oral communication lesson creating relevancy due to the Multicultural New Year’s Day theme.
This material is suitable for students in grades 6-9 and above. In addition, the content is very helpful for any age level student learning English as a Second Language or for special needs students having difficulty pronouncing [ ʌ ] and [ ɝ] . “ Happy New Year All Around the World!” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration. You can order it by visiting: teacherspayteachers.com and entering “Oral Communication” in their Search window. Felíz Año Nuevo! Happy, Prosperous, Sweet New Year and, May You Live Many More, Multiculturally!