This 103 page book, "The speaker's Guide to Standard American English Pronunciation," which is a self-tutoring guidebook utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet to clarify vowel and consonant pronunciation used in Everyday, Healthcare and, Workplace Oral Communication Messages.
National Communication Association ESL Scholar, Norma Landa Flores, has developed this workbook to better prepare high school, adult school, vocational school 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 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 "ESL Speaker's Key to Standard American English Pronunciation," is the first book in a series of four, written by Norma Landa Flores, to address that issue.
The second book is, "Practical Pronunciation & Everyday Communication in English." The third book is, "Practical Pronunciation & Healthcare Communication in English." And the
fourth book is, " Practical Pronunciation & Workplace Communica-
tion in English."
The 103 page "ESL Speaker's Key to Standard American English Pronunciation," is divided into 3 parts: IPA Key and Pronunciation Production Guide for Everyday Words, Healthcare Words and Workplace Words.
Each part has a "To the Teacher/Tutor" page with easy to follow instructions on how to proceed with each lesson. Each section contains the following lessons: (1) American English Alphabet-Phonetic Pronunciation (2) American English Words Expressing Numbers (3) American English Words Expressing Measures and
(4) American English Words Expressing Money.
Each lesson is followed by a Competency-Based Pronunciation
Assessment form as well as a Functional Pronunciation Assessment Rating Criteria form designed to give the student feedback as to the level of proficiency that has been achieved
(i.e. Efficient, Proficient, Functional, Risky, Incompetent or, the lowest category, Dangerous.)
Finally, Norma Landa Flores has included, "The Appendix" on page 102 & 103 suggesting methods for both students and teacher/
tutors to use the book in an interactive way that is helpful in facilitating teacher-student collaboration and oral communication success.