Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement

Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
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“Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement,” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication & Mainstream American Dialect, for teacherspayteachers.com. These 10 Dialogues meet Common Core Curriculum standards as they serve as an Oral Communication Lesson, Pronunciation Lesson, provide Healthcare Situation Questions for Discussion of Healthcare Values and Competency-Based Criteria & Speaking Proficiency Assessment forms.This PDF digital download lesson is suitable for students in grades 10-12 & Adult ESL.

The 33 page Healthcare Oral Communication Dialogue & Pronunciation Improvement Lessons are presented as follows: Page 2 features the dialogue clarifying healthcare misunderstandings of, “Today/To Die, Co-payment/Co-piement.” It also includes specific instructions of how to pronounce 4 vowel sounds: [ ɑɪ ] [ ɛɪ ] [ oʊ ] & [ ɑ ].

Page 3 focuses on a dialogue clarifying healthcare misunderstandings of “Clinic/Cleaneek, Dizziness/Diseaseness.” It also includes specific instructions of how to pronounce [ ɪ ] & [ i ] vowels sounds. The dialogue on page 3 also focuses on the articulation of “Message/Messitch, Surgery/Searchy,” with instructions of how to articulate the consonants: [ dʒ ] & [ tʃ ]. Page 4 spotlights the difference between [ ɝ-ɚ ] & [ ʌ-ə ] vowels and [ n-m-ŋ ] consonants in the dialogue clarifying misunderstandings of, “Sir/Suh, Room/Roon & Working/Wuhkin” in a dental office.

Page 6 describes how to pronounce & contrast 4 vowels: [ ɑɪ ] pine, [ eɪ ] pain, [ ɑ ] lock & [ æ ] lack in a dialogue about angina and angiograms. Page 7 contrasts the vowels [ æ - ɛ] in a dialogue about bad memories that started on September the Eleventh & contrast voiced [ ð ] "the" with unvoiced [ θ ] "Eleventh." Page 8 reinforces the contrast between the tense central vowels [ ɝ ] nurse and [ ʌ ] nuss and the sibilant consonants [ ʃ ] vocational
[ s ] vocasonal in a dialogue about enrolling in an LVN program.

Page 9 is a dialogue about volunteer paramedics saving victims of a forest fire. It contrast the labial consonants [ p ] pyre [ f ] fire
[ v ] victims [ ɯ ] wictims. Page 10 is about the nurse in charge of the massage therapist’s pool and contrasts the vowel sounds [ ʊ ] full [ u ] fool plus the consonants [ z ] scissors [ ʒ ] seizures, as she warns her staff not to take chances with people who suffer seizures.

Page 11 contains the final dialogue in this “Healthcare for ESL Pronunciation Improvement,” workbook. It takes place amongst members of a hospital pre-op staff as they decide whether or not an IV has been correctly inserted before a surgical procedure takes place. The dialogue features the vowels [ ʌ ] flush and [ æ ] flash as well as the consonants [ v ] vein and [ b ] bane.

Pages 12-31 contain the American English and International Phonetic Alphabet Pronunciation and Articulation Guides that facilitate ESL healthcare staff members to tutor themselves with the help of a volunteer English Speaking person to role model the sounds for them by following the specific instructions provided in the guide and at the end of each lesson. Pages 32-33 are the ACCESS, Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills forms to be used in measuring proficiency.


The colorful, medical setting illustrations make these dialogues come alive. Students will feel the spirit of collaboration for a clear, life saving cause, as they read the messages and discuss their appropriate pronunciation. Make a variety of nurse duties more than just a day to punch the clock. Make sure the patient understands which specific instructions to follow, when, how and why! Remember, the medical staff is supposed to make patients well, not make them confused with inappropriate pronunciation of vital medical terms and processes! Suitable for grades 10-12 & Adult ESL Medical Assistants, Medical Technicians, LVNs, Nurses and Doctors who speak English as a Second Language.

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Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
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Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
Healthcare Dialogues for ESL Pronunciation Improvement
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