7 Tips for Targeting Consonant Sounds

It took me long enough, but I finally decided to create an overview of the 24 consonant sounds in English. The YouTube lesson is just over 15 minutes, and I include some insights and additional resources for learners at the end. I had created a whole playlist for American English vowel sounds back in 2011,…

Turning to Presidents for Good Speech Models

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States has marked the start of a new period for Americans. The positive energy from January 20 remains strong, and the upcoming Presidents’ Day on February 16 will serve as one more occasion to recall those leaders, past and present, who commanded with…

Spell-It-Out Survey: Practicing Oral Spelling

There are plenty of times when we must either ask or provide the spelling of a word, so being able to say and identify letter names is a very practical skill. Here’s a communicative activity that gives students meaningful opportunities to use English letter names: Levels: High Beginner – Intermediate STEP 1 – Review the…