This 273 page manual, “Practical Pronunciation & Everyday Communication in English,” written by the author of “Pronunciation and Communication: Oral Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language,” Norma Landa Flores, has been developed with the specific purpose of meeting the needs of ESL Speech Communication students to Read, Listen, Speak, Interact and Pronounce using Standard American English in a clear, appropriate and functional manner, in order to avoid misunderstandings.
The curriculum has been developed to better prepare high school, adult school, vocational and community college students for advanced studies or for the modern workforce. Most U.S. State School Officials agree that the student’s comprehension of communication will be tested on his/her ability to listen, ability to read, and ability to write American English. Speaking clearly and verbally interacting with others in a mutually shared oral communication situation is not yet established as a crucial standard to measure American English speaking competence.
This, “Practical Pronunciation & Everyday Communication in English,” self-improvement guidebook is the second manual, in a series of 4 written by Norma Landa Flores, to address that specific issue. “Practical Pronunciation & Everyday Communication in English,” is 273 pages long and is divided into 11 chapters focusing on: ￼
Sample of Contents. . . . . . 1-4
Table of Contents. . . . . . 5-14
Contents. . . . . 15-273
(1) American English & International Alphabet Pronunciation & Articulation Guides & Diagrams, (2) Functional Communication & Pronunciation Practice of Vowels in Everyday Dialogues at Home & in the Community, (3) Using Contexts & Standard-Based Rating Criteria to Assess Pronunciation of Vowel & Functional Communication Skills at Home & in the Community, (4) Functional Communication & Articulation Practice of Consonants in Everyday Dialogues in the Classroom & in the Workplace, (5) Using Contexts & Standard-Based Rating Criteria to Assess Articulation of Consonants & Functional Communication Skills in the Classroom & at Work.
Additional chapters are as follows: (6) Functional Communication & Articulation Practice of Consonants in Everyday Dialogues About Healthcare & the Environment, (7) Using Contexts & Standard-Based Rating Criteria to Assess Articulation of Consonants & Functional Communication Skills About Health and the Environment, (8) Functional Communication & Enunciation Practice of Vowels in Everyday Dialogues about Local Interests, (9) Using Contexts & Standard-Based Rating Criteria to Assess Phrase Enunciation & Functional Communication in Dialogues About Local Interests, (10) Functional Speech Communication & Practice of Word Ending Precision in Everyday Dialogues About: Intercultural & International Interests, (11) Using Contexts & Standards-Based Rating Criteria to Assess Functional Communication Phrases About Intercultural & International Interests.
Every Chapter begins with an illustration of the overall communication situations to be practiced. Every dialogue features a specific vowel or consonant sound and also features an illustration of the speaking situation. Dialogues are followed by Key Words Definitions and Pronunciation Practice Drill Pages.
Author, Norma Landa Flores has designed and provided customized, Assessment of Communication Competence & English Speaking Skills, ( ACCESS) forms for each unit of learning. These forms were developed with criteria established by the National Communication Association’s Standards for Speaking & Listening in mind and are based on individual behavioral demonstration, therefore are objective and biased-free.
The Appendix, pages 257- 273, provides suggested methods for students to initiate their own Everyday Phrases & Improving their own Practical Pronunciation & Communication Interactions. Teachers/Tutors can follow these suggestions to facilitate ESL student learning and to provide ESL students with Pronunciation Competency Feedback.
All in all, “Practical Pronunciation & Everyday Communication in English,” is a self-improvement guidebook for communicating speaking purposes and practicing pronunciation through practical lessons, easy to follow everyday dialogues for Home, Community, Classroom, Workplace, Healthcare, Environment, Intercultural and International Situations plus, standards-based Communication Competence Assessment forms are included.