“Helpful Healthcare Pronunciation: The Emergency Room,” 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 Improvement Lessons are presented as follows: Page 2 features the Doctor/Patient Discussion clarifying healthcare misunderstandings of, “Pen/Pain.” It also includes specific instructions of how to pronounce 2 vowel sounds: [ ɛ ] & [ ɛɪ ] .
Page 3 Provides an opportunity for the student to practice pronouncing & contrasting the target sounds [ ɛ ] & [ ɛɪ ] in five separate sentences as a fluent English speaking listener assesses the ESL speaker’s pronunciation skills.
Page 4 is the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing and Contrasting Vowel & Consonant Sounds in Healthcare Dialogues & Sentences, FAA - Functional Articulation Assessment © N. L. Flores 2012.
Page 5 shows a Vowel Pronunciation Diagram of where and how to pronounce the two key sounds [ ɛ ] & [ ɛɪ ] . Pages 6-7 Provides 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 Worker asks, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is your pain?” The patient in pain won’t think he/she was asking about a writing pen!”