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Immaculata University Announces A Short Course on Teaching English Pronunciation to Non-English Speakers

As part of Immaculata University´s College of Graduate Studies Special Topic series, the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Department is offering a one-credit course called Teaching Second Language Pronunciation: From Theory to Practice." The two-day course is held Friday, September 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Laura Sicola, Ph.D., is the instructor.
Pronunciation in our native language is so natural and subconscious, it is frequently hard to figure out what is happening in non-native pronunciation. Effective teaching of pronunciation is frequently a neglected area in the professional development of those teaching English as a second language (ESL). Thus, this course will explore a range of strategies for teaching English pronunciation in second and foreign language context. It will cover both the segmental (specific sounds) and prosodic (music) components of the language, as well as address sociolinguistic issues related to pronunciation. A primary focus is to link phonological and second language acquisition theory to pedagogy in practice.
This course is open to the public including volunteer literacy teachers, outreach social services, migrant education offices, and others charged with teaching ESL. The cost is $585 for the one-credit class with ACT 48 credit available. For more information about the class, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 610-647-4400, Ext. 3215. For more information on Immaculata University´s Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Program, contact Margaret van Naerssen, coordinator, at mvannaerssen@Immaculata.edu.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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08.09.10