We Teach Languages Episode 40: Teaching English to Diverse Learners in in China with Yang Yu

In episode 40, Ningxin Zheng interviews Yang Yu, a graduate student in English Language Education who has previously taught diverse learners in China including peers at the college level and middle schoolers at a school for the blind.  Yang discusses a range of topics including showing respect for learners, maintaining student interest in learning, and teaching pronunciation.

 

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

Ningxin Zheng first met Yang Yu when they were both undergraduate college students in China, and now they are both graduate students in English language teaching at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College.

You can find Ningxin Zheng (left) on Twitter @Ningxin_Zheng or by email.

You can contact Yang Yu (right) by email.

If you are interested in learning more about teaching languages for blind students, here are a few resources…

Teaching Languages to Blind and Visually Impaired Students by Miusa.org

…There are many resources available on the Paths to Literacy website pathstoliteracy.org

If you are interested in teaching pronunciation, check out episode 38 of the podcast with Gillian Lord and don’t miss the resources in the show notes!

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We Teach Languages Episode 38: Phonetics, Phonology, and Teaching Pronunciation with Gillian Lord

In episode 38, Stacey talks with Gillian Lord, professor and chair of the Department of  Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Florida, about her work researching and teaching pronunciation.

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Show Notes

We welcome feedback, resources, and diverse perspectives on this topic! To contribute to the conversation started here, leave us a voicemail or send a text message to (629)888-3398. Or you can follow us on Twitter @weteachlang or use this contact form to send us an email.

You can find Gillian Lord on Twitter @glordward, her faculty page, or by email

Resources mentioned on the show…

the Sounds Project from the University of Iowa is an excellent
way to show articulation of sounds. They have English, Spanish and German, and they also have a cool app.

… Gillian’s PDF of her presentation on teaching pronunciation. (Note from Stacey: This is an excellent resource if you want to know more!)

… Gillian’s 2005 article on teaching pronunciation: Lord, G. (2005). (How) Can We Teach Foreign Language Pronunciation? On the Effects of a Spanish Phonetics Course. Hispania, 88(3), 557-567. doi:10.2307/20063159

 

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