• October 21, 2014

My learning English experience


Podcast – episode 2

The written form of this audio file can be read following the links below:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Dan is talking about his learning English experience and how he learned English from A to Z in 18 months in order to become an English teacher.

  • October 18, 2014

About eslvietnamzone.com


Podcast – episode 1

Eslvietnamzone.com is all about learning and teaching English, and living and teaching English as a Second Language in Vietnam. Listen to the audio file above for more details about eslvietnamzone.com or follow the given link to the written version. [read the full article ...]

  • October 18, 2014

Difficulties in identifying a tonic syllable

In theory, the tonic syllable is the only one that carries a movement in pitch; therefore it can be identified relatively easy. That is in theory! In practice is not that simple. [read the full article ...]

  • October 7, 2014

High and low heads

The head is that part of a tone-unit that extends from the first stressed syllable to the tonic syllable, but not including it. There are two pitch possibilities in the head which are called high head and low head.

In the case of the high head, the stressed syllable that begins the head is high in pitch, often higher than the beginning pitch of the tone on the tonic syllable. [read the full article ...]

  • October 2, 2014

Reading aloud in ESL classroom

Reading aloud a piece of text is not a very popular ESL activity. Many ESL teachers say that reading aloud is unrealistic because it is never done in real life, we never read aloud in real life. That might be true, but the situation is quite different when we are talking about learners of English. [read the full article ...]

  • September 30, 2014

Rise-fall tone followed by a tail

We find a similar situation in the rise-fall tone case as we have seen with the fall-rise tone. If the tonic syllable is followed by a single syllable in the tail, the “rise” part of the tone takes place on the tonic syllable (the first one) and the “fall” part on the second syllable (see the examples below). [read the full article ...]

  • September 27, 2014

Fall-rise tone followed by a tail

Identifying a fall or a rise tone is not very difficult but a fall-rise tone is much more difficult to recognize especially when it is extended over a tail. When that is the case, its characteristic pitch movement is usually distorted or broken up by the structure of the syllable they occur on. [read the full article ...]

  • September 25, 2014

Speaking practice in pairs or groups in ESL classroom

Everybody says that pair work and group work are among the best approaches when it comes to speaking practice in an ESL classroom. I totally agree if we would live in a perfect world, but we don’t. When it comes to speaking practice one of the advantages of pair work (or group work) in an ESL classroom is that students feel more comfortable speaking to each other than speaking with the teacher. Definitely, it is a very effective way of practicing speaking skills.

As I said, we don’t live in a perfect world, so the right conditions for doing speaking practice in pairs or groups is not always appropriate. [read the full article ...]

  • September 18, 2014

Pitch possibilities in the simple tone-units

Two important things have to known: tone is carried by the tonic syllable and intonation is carried by the tone-unit. These two things are going to be analyzed in this article. [read the full article ...]

  • September 16, 2014

The structure of the tone unit

The tone-unit has a very clear internal structure and the tonic syllable is one of its components. There are two types of tone-units: simple and compound. Each simple tone-unit has only one tonic syllable. [read the full article ...]