Readings

The use and training of the human voice; a practical approach to speech and voice dynamics. by Arthur Lessac.

This was my university voice training text. Though on the surface, the book seems to be directed to voice training for actors, a quick look at Mr Lessac’s background will make it clear that the ideas, practices, exercises and overall philosophy behind Arthur Lessac’s approach to speech improvement can be of aid for ESL teachers seeking to find ways to help their students overcome pronunciation interference when learning to speak English.

 

 

 

 

 


 Learning American English, Mastering American English, Practicing American English, by Grant Taylor.

Good, solid, straightforward American English exercises, in two main levels (“Learning” for beginners and “Mastering” for intermediate to advanced) with a great drill practice book (“Practicing”). This is excellent base material, no silly games or pictures, just down-to-earth, logically graded basic structure.

For the Audio-lingual teacher, this series, unfortunately out-of-print, is essential. I, myself, used it nearly every day throughout over 32 years as an ESL teacher.


Language Empires, Linguistic Imperialism and the Future of Global Languages, by Enrique Hamel.

This is a must-read, a well-thought-out look at how language (and particularly English) has been used over the centuries to aid and abet imperialism.

Great start for “English Only” neophytes unsure of their own feelings about the concept.

Link leads to a full PDF version of the text.

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