“Oral Communication Plus Pronunciation of a Multicultural Holiday Season Poem,” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download at teacherspayteachers.com, is a 9 page Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the Poem entitled, “Season’s Greetings, Happy Holidays & Joy to All of Us!” on page 2. The four stanzas describe what Hanukkah, Christmas, Las Posadas, and Kwanzaa mean, how they are celebrated and, how much we all have in common.
Furthermore, the lesson focuses on the appropriate pronunciation of the [ ɛ ] and [ æ ] Vowel sounds found in the poem, as direction for pronouncing the words are provided at the bottom of the page.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion.” Page 4 is the [ æ ] Low- Front Tense and [ ɛ ] Mid-Front Relaxed Vowel Pronunciation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ ɛ ] and [ æ ] 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 Holiday Season theme on page 2.
This material is suitable for students in grades 4-7 and above. The pages are very colorful and the click art illustrates the theme quite vividly. It is easy for the teacher to make transparencies for class use. 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 [ ɛ ] and [ æ ] .
“Oral Communication Plus Pronunciation of a Multicultural Holiday Season Poem,” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration. You can order it by visiting teacherspayteachers.com and entering “Oral Communication” in their Search window. Have a Creative, Happy and Joyful Holiday Season Lesson!