"You know that awkward moment when you realize you've been mispronouncing a word your entire life?" - Christine Bowman, Marketing Manager of Reading Horizons
This quote was instantly one of my favorites from the mouth of one of Reading Horizons employees, Christine Bowman, Marketing Manager. Why? Because I’ve experienced that moment… a lot. When other people have that moment it’s pretty funny. Especially when it’s little kids. But as you get older… it’s a bit embarrassing.
Simple Fixes for Pronunciation Mistakes:
What can you do to prevent these awkward moments for yourself and your students? Here are some free resources that can help you remove almost all potential pronunciation mistakes:
- Pronunciation Proficiency Tool: this tool teaches all of the 42 sounds of the English language, allows students to record each sound and compare it to the proper pronunciation (requires a microphone), and presents live mouth footage and animated tongue placements of proper pronunciation for each sound.
- 5 Phonetic Skills: these five simple skills teach you and your students how to decide what sound each vowel should make (short or long) in connection to the surrounding letters.
- 2 Decoding Skills: these two simple skills teach you and your students exactly where to split each English word into syllables. Most teachers and students know what a syllable is, but we don’t always know exactly how a word should be split into syllables.
Simple Fixes for Grammar Mistakes:
Grammar mistakes can be just as embarrassing than pronunciation mistakes. My favorite Pinterest find as of yet has been this poster:
And since grammar mistakes are just so stinkin’ funny… this was my favorite tweet of the week:
I loved this tweet! Because it’s another one of those moments that I’ve experienced… a lot. Of course, in this case the person knows they are committing a grammar crime. But… sometimes we don’t know.
Luckily, one of my favorite blogs, Copyblogger, created an infographic today to help us all sort out some of the most common grammar mistakes:
Hopefully there were no grammar mistakes in this post! I always wonder about my dot dot dot habit ... ... ...