Sunday, October 27, 2013

Learning and Teaching the Music of Spoken English

Spoken language is like music in a lot of ways. In my workshops on this topic, I've given participants a chance to learn how to incorporate melody, rhythm and movement into listening-speaking lessons. I've demonstrated activities to scaffold elements of speech, capture the hidden prosodic elements of stress, intonation, and rhythm, and enable learners to attain the music of English. Clicking the image below will lead you to slides that tell a part of the story. Doing the physical activities during the workshop, participants engage their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modalities. After all, learning by doing is more effective than learning solely by watching or by listening to an explanation. I must say that the 90-minute workshop in October at the CATESOL conference in San Diego afforded time for more activities and greater participation than the 45-minute session in March at the TESOL conference in Dallas.


  1. Thanks for sharing, Marsha! Really nice! One suggestion for others: when I followed the first link to Pronunciation Doctor in YouTube and searched for "clap," I got a list of other people's related video clips. Then I searched for "Pronunciation Doctor, clap," and got links to several of your clips--much better. Robert Wachman

    1. Thanks for your reply, Robert.

      Yes, users, please note that if you wish to search for a video within the Pronunciation Doctor Youtube channel, look for a small magnifying glass under the text title Pronunciation Doctor, next to the About link. When you click that magnifying glass icon, the Search Channel box appears. In contrast, searching in the Youtube search box at the top gives you access to the entire Youtube platform, which is undoubtedly more than you want! Try searching the term "intonation" or "claps" in both places and see what comes up.

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