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Pronunciation: Promoting Intelligibility and Comprehensibility to Support ELLs

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Pronunciation: Promoting Intelligibility and Comprehensibility to Support ELLs

Presented by Professor Jeanine Ntihirageza, Professor and Coordinator of the TESOL Program, Northeastern Illinois University

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“Ordinary people who know nothing of phonetics or elocution have difficulties in understanding slow speech composed of perfect sounds, while they have no difficulty in comprehending an imperfect gabble if only the accent and rhythm are natural.”

The Mechanism of Speech, by Alexander Graham Bell

Accents are natural. And a foreign accent can sound interesting, but not if communication is unintelligible. Any pronunciation practice should aim at helping the learner produce intelligible speech and be successful at perceiving it. The goal of this edWebinar is to provide participants with techniques, strategies, and practical ideas about how to improve their English language learners’ (ELL) pronunciation using pedagogical tools that enhance natural English stress, intonation and rhythm in connected speech.

Teachers will learn how to raise learners’ awareness of their pronunciation and support them as they work to increase naturalness in spoken English. Attendees will take home tools that will promote their learners’ intelligibility (the extent to which a speaker’s message is actually understood by a listener) and comprehensibility (the accuracy with which a speaker’s intended meaning is perceived).

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to teachers and librarians at all levels. 

About the Presenter

Jeanine Ntihirageza has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. Her MA is also in linguistics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is Professor and Coordinator of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She also coordinates the School for the Advancement of the English Language Learning (SAELL) and is Director of the Multilingual Learning Center. From 2012 to 2018, she served as Department Chair of Anthropology, English Language Program, Philosophy and TESOL. For more than 15 years, she has developed and supervised a variety of language and culture programs for teachers. In 2019, She was awarded, in collaboration with members of the Multilingual Learning Center leadership team and Zahra Institute, a National Endowment for Humanities grant to start a Kurdish Language and Culture Studies program at Northeastern Illinois University.


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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