Pronunciation Lesson Plan

Left: Screenshot of ultrasound of someone saying "ada"; Right: IPA symbol, example words, chart for mouth position, tongue position, lips

Lesson plan and slides made for TESOL 102 of the ISS Language and Career College of BC's TESOL Diploma Program, presented May 11, 2021. Re-presented May 18, 2021.

This lesson plan and set of slides were presented as part of the fourth course in the second 2021 cohort of LCC's TESOL Diploma program on teaching pronunciation. The pronunciation unit utilized the International Phonetic Alphabet and focused on drills using minimal pairs.

The sounds I was assigned were the vowels in "law-low-allow" (“aw” (/ɔ/), “oh” (/oʊ/), and “ow” (/aʊ/)).

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The lesson plan includes: the presentation with drills, an oral activity game, a written exercise, and a free communicative activity as well as the associated worksheets.

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Learning Significance

  1. The first time I presented this lesson plan, it was too complicated. I tried to show how to read the vowel chart for the IPA and spent too much time explaining mechanics over letting students practice. Here is my self-reflection from the first run:
    - The Aw/Oh/Ow examples did a good job highlighting how the different sounds make a difference.
    - Adapted well to audio not playing on students’ end.
    - The sound check examples (load/down/crow) did their job from my perspective.
    To Be Improved
    - Explanation of IPA vowel chart was clear but unnecessary for the present assignment.
    - Giving more time for students to practice
    - Time management

    I asked my TESOL instructor for another chance to present my lesson plan and simplified it much more, allowing time for drills and removing elements that didn't help my lesson objectives. From this experience I learned how to be constructive with my self-reflection without being hypercritical. I was able to present a much smoother presentation that I felt better reflected my capabilities when it comes to teaching and bounce back from the initial disappointment. As a teacher, sometimes activities you think will be helpful need to be cut out or don't go to plan. Being able to take in that information and adapt is a crucial skill that I must build on.