“Helpful Healthcare Pronunciation:Appendectomy Surgery,” was written by Norma Landa Flores, M.A. Speech Communication & Mainstream American Dialect, for teacherspayteachers.com. The Discussion & Contrasting Sounds Sentences meet Common Core Curriculum standards as they serve as an Oral Communication Lesson, Pronunciation Lesson, provide Healthcare Situations for Discussion of Healthcare Values and Competency-Based Criteria & a Speaking Proficiency Assessment form.This PDF digital download lesson is suitable for students in grades 10-12 & Adult ESL.
The 7 page Healthcare Oral Communication Discussion & Pronunciation/Articulation Improvement Lessons are presented as follows: Page 2 features ( a ) the 1st Surgeon’s Discussion about his concerns with the patient’s perforated appendix( b ) an Anesthesiologist’s concern about the patient feeling any pain ( c ) the Physician’s Assistant making an inappropriate joke about the surgeon’s concerns ( d ) the 1st Surgeon’s instructions refocusing on their Appendectomy Surgery procedures. It also includes specific instructions of how to pronounce 2 vowel sounds: [ ɝ ] &
[ ʌ ] .
Page 3 Provides an opportunity for the student to practice pronouncing/articulating & contrasting the target sounds [ ɝ ] &
[ ʌ ] in five separate sentences as a fluent English speaking listener assesses the ESL speaker’s pronunciation/articulation skills.
Page 4 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing and Contrasting Vowel & Consonant Sounds in Healthcare Dialogues & Sentences, FAA - Functional Articulation Assessment & FPA - Functional Pronunciation Assessment
© N. L. Flores 2012.
Page 5 illustrates the pronunciation points where [ ɝ ] & [ ʌ ] are pronounced by using the tongue, throat, jaw & air. Pages 6-7 Provide a comparison of the American English Alphabet pronounced aloud compared to the International Phonetic Alphabet sound system spoken aloud plus a key word and its phonetic spelling.
All in all, the next time an ESL Healthcare co-worker says, “Did huh appendix bust, suh?” “You’ll be prepared to respond using the vital life saving pronunciation of “Yes, sir. It looks like her appendix did burst. Let’s sterilize first!”