• October 25, 2014

How to identify tone-unit boundaries

It is well known that utterances may be formed by one or more sentences and somebody can determine where one sentence ends and another begin. In the same way, in phonology, utterances can be divided into tone-units. Someone can determine where these tone-units begin and where they end. [read the full article ...]

  • October 24, 2014

Where to get a teaching certificate in Vietnam


In this episode Dan is talking about where you can get a teaching certificate in Vietnam. The written version of this episode can be found at Teaching Certificate – Where I can get it in Vietnam. The video version of it can be watched on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWl6MI7GDdo.

If you want to get a teaching certificate in Vietnam then your options are:

ILA http://ttd.ilavietnam.com/ and Apollo http://www.apollo.edu.vn/en for CELTA certificate
Australia-Vietnam school of English http://avse.edu.vn/ for TESOL certificate

  • October 23, 2014



In this episode Dan is talking about adverbs in English language. The written form of this episode can be seen following the links below:

Adverbs – Part 1
Adverbs – Part 2
Adverbs – Part 3
Adverbs – Part 4

  • 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 ...]