Monday, December 7, 2015


Discuss your happiest memory so far in the US.

Primary Stress Activity


Extra Resources
Link with extra resources


Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 25:

Class Today:
  • Warm-Up:
    • What is something about you that would surprise other people? 
  • Stress Handout
    • Follow along with this stress handout
  • Interactive Teaching Continued
    • Discuss a handout in groups.
      • What words were challenging for you to understand?
      • What surprised you about the undergraduate's perspective?
  • Hot Seat
  • Fluency Practice (if time)

Next Class: Praat, Review Stress

  • Decide what day you want to present for your mini lecture and meet me for conference. Due to all our busy schedules, these dates are not flexible. 
  • Bring a transcription you did for one of your mini lectures. Be prepared to read it for class on Thursday
  • Please bring your laptop to class on Thursday! I will show you how to use Praat! It's an awesome tool. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Day 24

Class Today:
  • Warm-up talk
    • What do you know about Thanksgiving? Is there a similar holiday in your home country?
  • Watch The Paper Chase Clip
  • Continue Interactive Teaching
  • Idioms and Reviewing Linking
    • First practice saying the linking on these idioms with a partner. 
Next Class

Day 23: Putting it All Together

Class Today:
  • Warm-Up Talk:
    • Who was your favorite teacher and why? Who was your least favorite teacher and why?
    • Let's watch this youtube video. What did the teacher do wrong? 
  • Putting it All Together- Unit 4
  • Dark l/light l
  • Fluency
    • 3/2/1 Method
  • Hot Seat (if time)
1. Decide when you want to present your final mini lecture, here.
2. Don't forget to bring your self-evaluation sheet to our conference this week.
3. Pick a podcast/video from the list under useful links on the course website. Listen to a podcast or video and then record yourself summarizing it. Do not prepare for the summary. It should be natural speech. Then transcribe it. This will be due NEXT Thursday..

Next Class: Continue Fluency, Interactive Teaching, Dark and Light L,

Friday, October 30, 2015

Day 21 and 22- Mini Lecture 3

Day 21 & 22 - Time for Mini-Lecture 3!

1. You can see when you are scheduled to present, here

2. You can sign up for a conference time at this link, here.

3. You only need to attend class on the day you present. 

4. Please arrive on time the day you are supposed to present for your mini-lecture.

5. Please answer the questions on this form before our scheduled conference. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Day 20- Review Intonation, Questioning Strategies, Prep for ML 3

Class Today:
  • Warm-Up 
    • Do you believe in ghosts and/or magic? Why or why not?
  • Review Intonation
    •  Communicate, p. 99-101
    • Play "Telling the Truth"
  • Prepare for ML 3
  • Undergraduate Visit (maybe)
  • Hot Seat (if time)

Next Class: ML 3

1. Prepare for ML 3. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Day 19- Intonation, Primary Stress, Prep for Undergrad Visit

Class Today:
Warm-up: Discuss this quote, "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."- Benjamin Franklin (5 minutes)

  • Find the message units, primary stress, and intonation in the quote "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Remember every message unit has a primary stress. 
  • Now, let's go through this handout.
Giving Concise Answers
p. 94-95 in Communicate. As you discuss the questions, try to use appropriate intonation. I will go around the room and give you feedback.

Questioning Strategies Activity (9:30)
Hot Seat (if time)

Next Class: Undergraduate student visit

1.  Choose which day you want to present your mini-lecture next week, here.
2.  Read pgs 85-86 in preparation for undergraduate student visit Thursday.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Day 18-

Class Today:

Warm-Up:What’s the first thing you would do if you found out you won the lottery?

Hot Seat
Review Primary Stress
  • Handout
    • Practice the dialogues. I will give you feedback. 

Intonation Warm-Up Activity
Intonation Main Activity
Questioning Strategies Activity

Next Class: Review Primary Stress, Preparation for Meeting with Undergraduates

Monday, October 19, 2015

Day 17-

Class Today:

    What was your most embarrassing moment?

Discuss IEF Feedback

Hot Seat
Review Compound Nouns
Review Primary Stress

Next Class:
Review Primary Stress, Continue Questioning Strategies

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Day 16: Compound Noun Stress, Primary Stress

Class Today:
  • Warm-Up Discussion: Which do you like more, cats or dogs? 
  • Review Compound Noun Stress
    • Compound Noun Game
  • Primary Stress
  • Handling Student questions (if time)
    • Communicate p. 90-94
  • ML 3: Teaching a Process (if time) 
    • p.77 in Communicate
Next Class: Review Primary Stress, Continue Fielding Student Questions

  • Do p.77 question 5. Anticipate student questions for a potential ML and record your responses. Preparing for this is great not only for teaching, but also conference presentations! Then write a transcription focusing on message units and reductions. This is due NEXT Thursday.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Day 15: Compound Noun Stress

Class Today:
  • Warm-up- What three items would you bring with you to a deserted island? 
  • Unit 3: Leading a Discussion
  • Compound Nouns:
  • Communicate p. 149-150 (if time)

Next Class: Review compound nouns, Primary stress

Homework: If time, read this article.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Day 13 & 14: ML 2

Class Tuesday and Thursday:
  • Present your ML 2 when you scheduled on our shared google docs. 
  • You only need to attend the class you are presenting. 
  • Please arrive on time and do not leave early. 
  • Bring this document to class. 
  • Answer questions anonymous on this Informal Early Feedback form. If all 26 students answer, I will bring cookies! Please help me be a better instructor.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Day 12

Class Today:

  • Review Reductions
    • Practice Reductions in groups. 
  • Continue EPI
    • I will put you with a partner and give you an EPI practice template. You have different EPI templates. 
    • Half of you will get D
    • Half of you will get B
    • Record the entire interview on your phone or other recording device. 
  • ML 2 
  • Do EPI Reflection and turn it in by next Thursday. 
  • Prepare for your mini-lecture on Tuesday or Thursday next week. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Day 11- Linking, reductions,

Class Today:
Next Class: Continue EPI discussion, review reductions and linking, prepare for ML 2

Homework: Bring some way to record yourself for the next class. Cell phones are ok!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Day 10- Linking continued, Introduce ML 1

Class Today:
Next Class: Linking Game, Reductions, EPI

Read the Using Analogies Handout and then write a potential analogy. Save your response in your box folder as netidAnalogy.doc This assignment is due next Tuesday by midnight.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Day 9- Rhythm Continued

Class Today:

Next Class: Review rhythm and linking, Introduction to EPI

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Day 8- Rhythm

Class Today:
  • Part 6 of Rhythm Handout 
  • Speech Accent Archive Activity
  • p. 53 of Communicate
  • Definition Handout (if time) 
Next Class: Continue Rhythm and start Linking


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Day 7- Fillers and Rhythm

Class Today:

  • Introduce Unit 2: Defining a Term
  • Fillers
    • Give me some examples of fillers
    • Take turns talking about one of the topics on p. 151 for two minutes. Do not stop talking. Other group members should count the number of fillers. 
    • General idea: A few fillers are ok, but be aware of using too many.
  • Rhythm
Next Class: Continue with rhythm


  • Read Communicate p. 53-54.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Day 4- Preparation for Syllabus Presentation

Class Today:
1. Syllabus language, Communicate p. 16-17
2. Observe another student's presentation and give feedback.
3. Practice and prepare for your presentation.
4. Consent Forms
5. Presentation Logistics
1. Practice your presentation at least three times.
2. Record an audio recording of yourself following the homework guidelines on our course website. This audio recording is due Thursday, September 10th.

Next Class: Mini-lecture presentations.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Days 5 & 6- Mini lecture presentations

Class this week:
This week is mini lecture 1 presentations!

After your presentation, I will upload your presentation in our shared box folder. View it and then fill out a handout I will give you. Here is a link to it, should you lose a copy. After your presentation you will meet with me to discuss your presentation.

Day 3- Message Units, Body Language, Syllabus Terminology

Class Today:
1. Message Units Activity
2. Introduce first Mini-lecture- Introducing a Syllabus
3. Body language-
    • Communicate p. 12- 13- in small groups discuss your answers. 
Next Class:  Continue body language,  introducing a syllabus

1. Read pgs. 19-21, 26 of Communicate. Be prepared to discuss the reading.
2. In order to practice, bring a syllabus from a class you would teach.
3. Pick what time you would like to meet with me to discuss your first mini-lecture presentation. Please do this quickly. Use this shared google doc.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Day 2- Message Units Part 1

Class Today:
  • Attendance
    • Are you in the right class?
    • Are you registered?
  • Warm-Up
    • Interview each other. Then introduce each other to the class. 
      • Questions:
        • What is your full name?
        • What is your preferred name?
        • Where is your hometown?
        • If you could be doing anything right now, what would it be? 
          • (not sleeping or studying!)
    • Teacher and Culture Discussion
  • What are Message Units/Thought Groups?
    • Explanation
    • Look at this handout
      • First listen to me read them. 
      • Then repeat after me.  
      • Listen again and note when I pause. 
    • Now practice in pairs with this handout
1. Read pgs. 12-13 in Communicate.
2. Make a shared box folder called your netid ESL 506. 

Next Class: Continue Message Units, Body Language, Syllabus Terminology

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Day 1- Welcome to ESL 506

Class Today:
  • Attendance
    • Are you registered? 
    • Please put the following on this piece of paper
      • FULL name
        • Kathleen Becker
      • UIN
        • 676331815
      • Netid
        • kbecker4
  • Overview of ESL Pronunciation Courses
    • 504 or 506?
  • Student Information Form
  • First Day Handout
  • Ice Breaker (if time)
  • Placement exam (optional)
Next Class: Message Units