English as a Second Language (ESL) Course for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Students

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Week 2

This week we will explore how to give more effective explainations and presentations (in the context of being a TA). Is it only accent that causes students to have difficulty understanding international TAs or are there other factors in play?

We will also begin to address pronouncing the ends of words. Research has shown that the beginnings and the ends (as opposed to the middles) of words are what listeners most heavily rely on when interpretting speech. Yet, each language has unique rules about what kinds of sounds are "allowed" to end words. Often times, non-native English speakers modify the ends of English words to match their native language's rules. We will begin to address these kinds of issues.

Due Dates of Assignments/Readings:

September 14, 2015 - Homework 1 is due before class.

September 16, 2015 - Read Sarkisian, pp. 30-38 (before the beginning of class).