Hi,
I need some advice regarding ESL instruction. I don't have any formal ESL training or certification, but I do tutor some foreign students in English - mainly written English. I've been approached by a Russian student who wants to improve her pronunciation, intonation and accent. She has trouble getting her tongue around English vowels. This clearly is beyond my capabilities. But I'm wondering what kind of tutor she needs. This seems to me to require working with a linguistic therapist in a language laboratory. Am I write in thinking that even someone with formal ESL certification would not necessarily have the skills needed to help her? Where would she look for this kind of tutoring? It doesn't seem to be available at her university.
Thanks,
netmon66
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Hi, I need some advice regarding ESL instruction. I don't have any formal ESL training or certification, but I do ... write in thinking that even someone with formal ESL certification would not necessarily have the skills needed to help her?

No you wouldn't. Pronunciation skills training is part of professional EFL/ESL teachers' daily pallate, but if you haven't been trained in this it's not really something you can make up as you go along (nor is anything else in EFL/ESL as far as I'm concerned, but there ya go).

Your friend could start by using some of the various online resources - at a basic sound by sound level she would probably find http://www.uiowa.edu/~acadtech/phonetics/about.html useful - and don't worry about the 'Sounds of American' stress on that particular site.

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Hi, I need some advice regarding ESL instruction. I don't ... would not necessarily have the skills needed to help her?

No you wouldn't. Pronunciation skills training is part of professional EFL/ESL teachers' daily pallate, but if you haven't been trained ... the student by doing this yourself as long as you can demonstrate position of mouth and vocal cords. Try it...

By the way, I think you meant the "right" way - not the "write way".
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No you wouldn't. Pronunciation skills training is part of professional ... the 'Sounds of American' stress on that particular site. DC

I would serously consider sending the student to a vocal coach who could help her to sing on the vowels. ... and vocal cords. Try it... By the way, I think you meant the "right" way - not the "write way".

Well I think the poster behind me meant that, certainly. If the student wanted to waste money they could go to a vocal coach, or they could take ESL/EFL lessons with a competent teacher. DC
Hi, I need some advice regarding ESL instruction. I don't have any formal ESL training or certification, but I do ... Where would she look for this kind of tutoring? It doesn't seem to be available at her university. Thanks, netmon66

I am in New York City and almost all accent reduction classes here are run by speech therapists. They have in depth knowledge of how all articulators (lips, tongue, etc...) need to move in order to produce each sound.

Also there are pleanty of products you can buy that will teach an American accent. There are pleanty of books, tapes, and videos, but I believe software is best because it gives you all the advantages of the other formats and more. In fact, my company, AccentMaster.com not only has software teach proper American English pronunciation but we have editions which specifically target different accents. After all a Korean accent is very different from a Russian accent and they are making different mistakes when speaking English, so they need to be addressed differently.

We have different editions to help native speakers of Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. We will be releasing more edition very soon.

For more information about us please see our website at http://www.accentmaster.com
For more information about other products to help in pronumciation simply put in "accent reduction" into your search engine.

Good luck,
Steve Bo
Hi, I need some advice regarding ESL instruction. I don't ... doesn't seem to be available at her university. Thanks, netmon66

I am in New York City and almost all accent reduction classes here are run by speech therapists. They have ... about other products to help in pronumciation simply put in "accent reduction" into your search engine. Good luck, Steve Bo

What is there in Netmon's posting that makes you think his or her student wants to acquire an American accent?
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What is there in Netmon's posting that makes you think his or her student wants to acquire an American accent? DC

?what makes you think she doesn't
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I am in New York City and almost all accent ... "accent reduction" into your search engine. Good luck, Steve Bo

What is there in Netmon's posting that makes you think his or her student wants to acquire an American accent? DC

When learning English, the desired to acquire an American accent is very common. If however the student wishes to acquire a British accent there are products that can help. There are even products that can help teach a Canadian or an Australian accent. Either way the most important thing is to get a teacher or a product that can help. Just listening to native speakers and giving it time is not enough.
As I wrote in my original post "For more information about other products to help in pronunciation simply put in "accent reduction" into your search engine." This will help give them a lot of information about the field.

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require >>> working with a linguistic therapist in a language laboratory. Am I >>> write in thinking that even someone ... Where >>> would she look for this kind of tutoring? It doesn't seem to be >>> available at her university.

What is there in Netmon's posting that makes you think his or her student wants to acquire an American accent? DC

When learning English, the desired to acquire an American accent is very common. If however the student wishes to acquire ... reduction" into your search engine." This will help give them a lot of information about the field. Steve Bo http://www.accentmaster.com

We work on different planets Steve. I understand the social conditions in the US which might lead non-native speakers to want to try to sound like an American, but I have a different perspective. I teach English as a Foreign Language, in a University in the UK, and have been around EFL for a long time. I don't want my students to sound like British people (and anyway - which British people? Around here there's a strong regional accent); I want them to sound like Chinese people, Iranian people, French people, whatever, who speak Good English. I don't want to mess with students' fundamental speech identity - though I do want to teach them good common core pronunciation.

I also find the terminology of 'accent elimination' faintly nauseating - as if there are things that can be taken away from anybody's speech patterns and what they'll be left with is an American accent. What can be done is to attempt to change people speech to approach a different norm - and from where I'm standing American speakers have a strong accent. This means adding or modifying features, not taking things away.
Not that you're going to change your fundamental marketing push, but we've all got accents matey. Even Americans.
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