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November 6, 2019

Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent mo
November 6, 2019
By Kristopher Wan • Issue #31 • View online
Hi friends! Every week, I generate a quick brief about 5 interests for the week relating to accent modification and English learning. If you have a few minutes on your commute to work or lunch break and want to consume some interesting content in the world of English learning, enjoy!

🧠 Journal Club
Alavinia, P., & Gholizadeh, M. (2017). Does learner motivation impact pronunciation gains in the light of teacher and peer oral corrective feedback? Applied Research on English Language, 6(2), 159-178. doi:10.22108/are.2017.21345
Does your motivation and the type of feedback you receive on your English pronunciation learning journey make a difference on learning? Alavinia and Gholizadeh (2017) explore this topic further in 14-15 year olds to figure out what feedback (peer driven or instructor driven) is most effective and whether differences in learners’ motivations impacts their pronunciation development. Surprisingly to me, it didn’t make a difference. The motivation to learn a foreign language did not affect the learner’s pronunciation gains significantly. Secondly, whether teacher or peer provided corrective feedback was given didn’t make a difference in the learner’s performance over the course of their English language learning. Both were helpful but one was not better than the other.
I think it’s important for me as a growing educator to know how best to help others – how best to direct my feedback and how best to support a learner’s development.
💬 Thoughtful Quote
Macro Patience
Macro Patience
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Patience is a virtue. Everyone knows that. But I think it’s another thing to embody that and truly embrace and practice it. I know I’m impatient. I’m 30 years old, I know I can do more for the world, and I want to push myself to reach my potential. But, I can’t get there immediately. So I try to be as consistent as I can be, post content weekly and maybe 15 years later, I’ll be in a better position to reflect my full potential.
Until then, I just have to be as consistent as I can be and put in the work.
If learning a new pronunciation is important to you, start with the basics, work on them consistently and frequently and maybe you’ll reliably do so in the future too. I can guarantee that it’ll bring you one step closer to actually achieving that goal than being impatient.
📖 Vocabulary Word
Rel·e·vant (adj.)
closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered.
Relevance is a crucial part in my journey of helping people. Working in the hospital, patients are stuck with me and don’t necessarily have the same mentality that they may apply in free market consumerism. When working with clients, businesses and non-hospitalized people, I need to be relevant and communicate my role in helping them on a daily basis and the vision that improvements in English pronunciation can bring.
Being relevant, especially in the age of social media, means talking about current events regularly and staying as a lasting part of the current discussion. For me, it has been a steep learning curve and a huge workload to balance, but it has been exciting to practice, try new things and have the freedom to express my talents and contributions in a way that I think may be relevant to you.
What is relevant in your life? What is important to you? What makes you excited, happy or pumped today?
💎 Tech Finds
Maybe not exactly a tech find but an AWESOME depiction of how non-native English speakers may perceive English.
Watch the video below and then think about the following:
  • Notice how the pitch variation and rhythm sounds English. The up and down melodic intonation patterns of English remain even though the sound combinations are unfamiliar
  • Notice how there are 1-2 understandable keywords every few sentences. Many times, non-native English speakers don’t understand all the words but grasp a snippet
  • It’s important to remember that although a majority of the world can understand/communicate in more than one language - for you monolingual English speakers out there - being empathetic to their struggles is key.
How English sounds to non-English speakers
How English sounds to non-English speakers
❌ Message Mishap
Sometimes, homophones (words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling) can be a real bummer and confusing to remember. Although it isn’t so much of an issue in English pronunciation, it can absolutely be an issue in written form.
Think about the 4 following definitions:
  • Compliment (n.) - “an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.”
  • Compliment (v.) - “to praise or express admiration for someone.”
  • Complement (n.) - “something that completes or makes perfect”
  • Complement (v.) - “(used with object) to complete”
Just remember that if something complements something, it completes it.
As you learn new words or new spellings, make little rules for yourself to remember and recall the proper spelling and meanings. The more you use these words, the more easily you can recall them correctly and quickly.
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Kristopher Wan

Hey friends, I'm Kris, a speech-language pathologist interested in and pursuing a side-hustle in accent modification. Every Wednesday I send out a "5-bullet brief" email newsletter with some thoughts, research and internet treasures relating to accent modification and English language learning.

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