Practical Word Power: Dictionary-Based Skills in Pronunciation and Vocabulary Development (Paperback)

Practical Word Power: Dictionary-Based Skills in Pronunciation and Vocabulary Development By Richard Cavalier Cover Image


Native speaker of English? You can tutor simplified phonetics for ESL (English as a Second Language) with this tutor's script and workbook. It was developed to enable volunteer tutors to give-back to their communities. MASTER ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION QUICKLY There's an easier way than memorizing and imitating individual words and word lists for months or years in traditional schools Bonus: Gain complete control of vocabulary development to personal needs. How? Using the tutor text "Practical Word Power" ("PWP"), learners master only 46 dictionary codes that exactly represent the 40 key sounds of English. Codes simplify an otherwise difficult task of endless memorization of new vocabulary in formal school classes. With "PWP," it's only 16 class hours Only 46 "American Heritage" dictionary codes specify the 40 sounds of English: master them. Forty codes learned via "Practical Word Power" ("PWP") deliver exact pronunciation of all dictionary words. If codes are used in conjunction with the learners' bilingual dictionary, teen/adult learners can immediately speak correctly in English any word that's already known in their own native language. That's lifelong independence Why does "PWP" work? Most schools teach via memorized, generic word lists, reflecting no teen/adult life well; they teach general rules, but rules can't work specifically for more than 1,100 variant spellings for 40 sounds. Main rule, "'I' before 'E' except after 'C'. . .except. . .except; . . .then guess " It's easier to be wrong than right. Different publishers' codes vary, but all dictionaries that use codes are specific: every time, every word. "PWP" teaches how to use all codes. You get the foundations you need in order to pronounce words correctly when needed, not if-and-when listed in class. A research report from U-Milan regarding dyslexia challenges language complexity ("Science" March 26, '01; on author's business website). That implicitly questions the century-old Dewey-rules method used in all traditional schools. Dewey didn't have computers and brain scans at hand. Limited-English ability? No-English handicap? "PWP" works with both groups. How does the course work? "PWP" is a verbatim tutor's text/workbook. All needed instructional materials, chalkboard entries, drills, and tests are provided for the tutor. Volunteer tutors can't do it wrong At root, tutors are only teaching the foreign-born how to sound like Americans. We have all learned from family and friends by imitating their sounds. Those sounds are captured in dictionary codes that tell the eye what the ear expects to hear. Any mix of foreign languages can be taught in a "PWP" class if taught in English, because English is the common denominator. Of course, limited-English learners must already understand basic instruction in English. In addition, speakers of any foreign language can be taught in that language by bilinguals who can read the English and speak that native language. No magic pills: learners must expect to concentrate and be prepared to do light homework in later sessions. Volunteer tutors: Do you already speak American-English? If so, you can tutor up to 10 learners simultaneously in English--in English and/or their own native languages. Communities can give-back at extremely low cost on any schedules that works for the community. If you're either mono-lingual or bilingual, are you willing to devote 16-hours (8 classes; 2-hours each) to control English pronunciation and vocabulary development? Add about 8-10 hours for preparation of the total program, the first time, only. Only 2 class hours plus quick review of the lesson plan, thereafter. "PWP" holds California's Certificate of Compliance--it's legal to teach as supplemental tex.

About the Author

Richard Cavalier has a terrific background for the purposes of basic ESL. Related personal background: -Lifelong writer and group communications/audio visual specialist; published; with a writer's command of our language. -Corporate trainer/program developer for employed adults; much experience in program design and lecturn needs. -Four foreign-born grandparents; reared in a town whose then-grandparent generation was predominently foreign-born. He grew up with the problem of language handicap and knows its pains, limits, and losses for the immigrants, as well as the frustrations for both sides of any conversation.. -Traveled in 40] countries; he's been language-handicapped often and understands the problem as never-handicapped school teachers cannot! Assessment of students' needs (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc) is not understanding of the language-learning problem! -Language-exposed: 4 years of academic German; beginning Berlitz Spanish and tutored French; plus survival Korean and Japanese. He knows what works, and why. -A contrarian by nature, he has brought game-changing opinion-articles to various disciplines, including a) valid challenges of two Chicago government projects; b) original formula created for costing travel tours; c) first how-to for second mortgages, reprinted by a bank; and early published discussions of crisis-intervention/patient-advocacy plus related medical malpractice. Also, early caveats re: condo purchase; plus do-it-yourself home sales (not shown; all in Meredith's "Apartment Ideas," "Better Homes & Gardens," "Travel Ideas," etc); d) world's first how-to system (with PERT Diagram) for executive control of business meetings, via his book "Achieving Objectives in Meetings" ("AOM"; 1973). Other books in that field were discursive, requiring readers to cut-and-paste new opinions (often untested) into readers' questionable personal methodologies. The original "AOM" book title is now a generic phrase in the training discipline, as is his 1973 concept of estimating ROI as a standard part of meeting budgeting. -Details: see **For ESL, click 'Business Books'; then 'Titles.' Below "PWP's" blue block summary are category buttons. Key pair: 'Precis, ' for description; and 'Support & Validation, ' for documents by topic. Independent research: Dr Eraldo Paulesu, University of Milan/Bicocca ("Science Journal," 2001). Summary on "Psychiatry Journal" button, with original citation at that journal-titles button. Posters and draft PR letters for local programs, at 'User Helps.' **For industry recognition, click 'Business Books'; then 'Recognition' (client and industry) and its multiple base buttons (especially 'Literacy'); and his meetings articles for 'BW' ["Business Week"]. See button for ' "AOM"/PERT' and early mag columns on the professionalism that's then-and-still needed in the meetings field. In short, Cavalier has the experience and personal background to create a workable ESL course for volunteer tutors. Try it! END

Product Details
ISBN: 9780595130481
ISBN-10: 0595130488
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: September 15th, 2000
Pages: 284
Language: English