The Pronunciation class is one of the five core subjects of the Regular ESL course of Monol. The subject is facilitated in a group class for one hour. In this subject, students learn about the correct articulation of words by getting to know proper sounding, stress, and syllabication. The class is full of drills and exercises, which start from simple lists of words and phrases to complex sentences and tongue-twisting paragraphs.
So how do students learn to pronounce well? Let’s take a peek at the books…
Before the challenging (and most probably, nerve-wracking) drills, the teacher gives a short discussion on the featured sound. For this unit, it’s the /Ә/ or the Schwa sound. The teacher shall, then, demonstrate how the Schwa is sounded. In the book, a list of words is already presented for the teacher to articulate. For every word the teacher enunciates, the students are encouraged to follow after him/her. The special rules shall, then, be discussed by the teacher afterwards.
The drills immediately follow after the discussion. During the exercise, the teacher can freely interrupt the student for any mispronounced word and can ask the student to repeat the drill for a few times more.
After the drills, the class, jumps to the Listening Link activity, wherein the students get to listen to a recorded audio file. During this listening drill, the students are tasked to recognize the sounds produced and write the words down.
When the class is done, students are given homework with the use of audio files and lists of words from the book. Through these materials, they are encouraged to listen and repeat the words to expose themselves more to the sound they learned in class, at the same time, get better at pronouncing them.