“Summertime Volunteers!” written by Norma Landa Flores and available on digital download @TeachersPayTeachers.com, is a 10 page ESL Oral Communication and Pronunciation Lesson that features the poem entitled, “Let’s Be Volunteers This Summer!” on page 2. At the bottom of page 2, specific instructions on how to pronounce the sibilant consonants [ z ] as in HIS and [ s ] as in HISS, are given.
Page 3 contains “Multiple Choice Questions for Discussion, including Student’s Values.” Page 4 is the [ z ] Low-Front Voiced Sibilant ( Resonated ) and [ s ] Low-Front Unvoiced Sibilant
( Hissed ) Consonant Articulation Assessment form with which students may take turns pronouncing and assessing each other.
Page 5 is the ACCESS, Assessment of Communication Competence and English speaking Skills form. Students read the sentences a second time and evaluate themselves on the observable communication behaviors of: eye contact, audibility, pronunciation, grammar, emphasis & communication of message function & intention. Page 6, Lists the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing Articulation so that students may understand what level of communication competency they have demonstrated and try again if they need to improve.
Page 6 lists, “Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing
[ z ] Low-Front Voiced Sibilant ( Resonated ) and [ s ] Low-Front Unvoiced Sibilant ( Hissed ) Consonant Articulation.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.
Pages 7-10 is the Appendix with Suggestions for the Teacher/Facilitator including ( 1 ) Five suggestions for communicating about the rhyming speech ( 2 ) Four suggestions for conducting the Consonant Articulation/Pronunciation Assessments ( 3 ) the teacher/author’s rationale for preparing this sample speech for the Multicultural-Americans oral communication lesson.
This material is suitable for students in grades 6-9 and above. 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 articulating [ z ] and [ s ] or substituting one for the other. “Summertime Volunteers!” encourages verbal communication, cooperation and oral collaboration.
A wonderful bonus is that this poem instills pride in the way multicultural Americans are comfortable collaborating with each other to solve problems that yield benefits for all participants in a shared community. By learning to be attentive listeners, they can zero in on the real problems Summer Break poses for young students . . . BOREDOM and/or sometimes lack of money to go on vacations or day time excursions! Brainstorming a list of volunteer activities that cause excitement for each student can quickly solve his/her “Summertime Blues” and be of service to others too!