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Teaching Speaking 
Centennial College 
Judy Thompson
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. 
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a 
lifetime.
Agenda 
1. English – what’s broken and what’s missing 
2. The six point guide to spoken English 
3. Techniques for teachin...
Information Doesn’t Make a Difference 
1. Information – Lesson 
2. Exercises – Practice 
3. Transformation - Experience of...
X Ray of the Fracture
You 
Are 
Here
Pattern Teaching Techniques 
1. Is it always true? 
2. Attach new ideas to information students already 
know, “You know t...
The Six Points 
What is most valuable for you to do today? 
Basic – CLB 1-3 
1. 40 Sounds - English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA...
1A – Phonetic Alphabet 
_ b _ d _ f g h _ j k l m n _ p _ r s t _ v w _y z 
/Sh/ - shoe, sugar, nation, machine 
/Ch/ - ch...
1B - EPA Vowels 
• The first thing people learn in a new language is 
the names of the colors 
• Inside the names of 16 co...
Everything is in the Color Chart 
• Vowel sounds in an easy logical format 
• Bridge to pronunciation from spelling 
• Acc...
Words 
*What color is your name? 
• Stress-based language 
• Elastic bands 
• Every word is a color 
• Accents don’t matte...
Sentences 
• Some words are important and some are not 
• Pablo’s Story – * context for students 
• Grammar doesn’t matter...
Advanced (Fluency) 
(Keep asking me how to attach this to information 
they already know) *ABC… EPA Vowel Chart 
Linking 
...
Three Predictable Places 
1. Consonant Consonant 
bus _ stop bu stop 
2. Consonant Vowel 
turn _ off tur noff 
3. Vowel Vo...
All Words Start with Consonants 
Can I have a bit of egg 
ca ni ha va bi da vegg 
* Titanic Song, ABC
Expressions 
Grass is Black 
Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary App
Sound Dictionary App 
• Colors provide the bridge from reading to 
pronunciation 
AND BACK 
• Colors provide the bridge fr...
Big Finish 
• www.englishphoneticalphabet.pbworks.com 
• Sneak peak at the new posters 
• Thompson Language Center YouTube...
Centennial College Teaching Speakng Workshop
Centennial College Teaching Speakng Workshop
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Centennial College Teaching Speakng Workshop

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A 3 hour presentation at Centennial College in Toronto. The workshop showcased the English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA) and Thompson Vowel Chart. It included handouts and in-class exercises for teachers of EAP, ESL and International Students.

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Centennial College Teaching Speakng Workshop

  1. 1. Teaching Speaking Centennial College Judy Thompson
  2. 2. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
  3. 3. Agenda 1. English – what’s broken and what’s missing 2. The six point guide to spoken English 3. Techniques for teaching speaking 4. Classroom exercises
  4. 4. Information Doesn’t Make a Difference 1. Information – Lesson 2. Exercises – Practice 3. Transformation - Experience of success with the new information Rita Baker – BRAIN POWER 80% of our brains are interneurons whose job is to find patterns and use them
  5. 5. X Ray of the Fracture
  6. 6. You Are Here
  7. 7. Pattern Teaching Techniques 1. Is it always true? 2. Attach new ideas to information students already know, “You know this already.” 3. Create a successful experience of the new information – transformation Ask me about videos
  8. 8. The Six Points What is most valuable for you to do today? Basic – CLB 1-3 1. 40 Sounds - English Phonetic Alphabet (EPA) 2. Words - Stress-based language 3. Sentences - Content words Advanced – CLB 4+ 1. Linking - words start with consonants 2. Expressions – English is idiomatic 3. Body language – 80% of the message
  9. 9. 1A – Phonetic Alphabet _ b _ d _ f g h _ j k l m n _ p _ r s t _ v w _y z /Sh/ - shoe, sugar, nation, machine /Ch/ - church, cello, picture /TH/ - thing, thank, both, teeth /Th/ - the, them, these, mother, brother /Ng/ - singing, pink /Zh/ - Asia, garage, usual, Taj Mahal * Past Tense and Listening Skills Exercises
  10. 10. 1B - EPA Vowels • The first thing people learn in a new language is the names of the colors • Inside the names of 16 common colors in English are the 16 vowel sounds of English • Students learn the colors of words and crazy English spelling is no longer a barrier to confident speaking * Listening Skills, Olive Maze, Word Search
  11. 11. Everything is in the Color Chart • Vowel sounds in an easy logical format • Bridge to pronunciation from spelling • Access to spelling from listening • Priority - All vowel sounds are NOT equally difficult they’re missing short vowels and Purple • Word stress dictates the word color • Linking is in the letters
  12. 12. Words *What color is your name? • Stress-based language • Elastic bands • Every word is a color • Accents don’t matter • Use their names first Every word in English is a color on that one page.
  13. 13. Sentences • Some words are important and some are not • Pablo’s Story – * context for students • Grammar doesn’t matter when you are speaking * Wolves Eat Sheep
  14. 14. Advanced (Fluency) (Keep asking me how to attach this to information they already know) *ABC… EPA Vowel Chart Linking c-c c-v v-v Listening tool – not for students to master
  15. 15. Three Predictable Places 1. Consonant Consonant bus _ stop bu stop 2. Consonant Vowel turn _ off tur noff 3. Vowel Vowel go _ away go waway
  16. 16. All Words Start with Consonants Can I have a bit of egg ca ni ha va bi da vegg * Titanic Song, ABC
  17. 17. Expressions Grass is Black Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary App
  18. 18. Sound Dictionary App • Colors provide the bridge from reading to pronunciation AND BACK • Colors provide the bridge from listening to spelling
  19. 19. Big Finish • www.englishphoneticalphabet.pbworks.com • Sneak peak at the new posters • Thompson Language Center YouTube Channel • Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary app • Speaking Test app – accent/intelligibility www.thompsonlanguagecenter.com judy@thompsonlanguagecenter.com (905) 757-1257

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