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“If I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that time and practice equal achievement.”
—Andre Agassi (1970 – ), American former world-champion tennis player
Do you teach Vietnamese English language learners? Is pronunciation a common obstacle in your classroom? If so, we highly recommend the ESL Garage channel on YouTube with lively bilingual video in both English and Vietnamese. Produced and presented by Teresa Nguyen, co-author of Compelling Conversations – Vietnam, this fun, informative series zooms in common pronunciation errors encountered by English language learners.
Rich with short practice exercises based on daily interactions and filled with American pop culture references, English language learners can improve their communication skills by following this series. If viewers follow the videos and practice, these videos can also help viewers become more confident English-speakers.
A Fun, Practical Pronunciation Guide
One of our favorite episodes, “How to pronounce English –ed endings through music,” walks ELLs through both voiced and voiceless pronunciations of the –ed ending, using music video clips from popular English language musicians like Lana del Rey and Adele as example. Like several other videos, Teresa has produced two versions: one in English and one in both English and Vietnamese. Rhythm and rhyme are useful tools when it comes to memorization by repeating catchy phrases. Using the Western music industry as a cultural touchstone invites students to listen and refine their speech in a way that’s both fun and familiar. Context matters!
Watch the full episode below:
How do you teach –ed endings in your classroom? Would you use music videos as a pronunciation aid? Why or why not?