Professor Reed Presents Workshop at Newton Free Library
Professor Marnie Reed will be presenting a professional development workshop at the Newton Free Library, titled “Pronunciation for Communication Success: Tools for Fostering Intelligibility.” The workshop, designed for ESOL/Literacy volunteers, will be held on October 23, 2012.
The Newton Free Library offers ESOL services to the surrounding community. Reed’s workshop aims to provide direction for ESOL teachers volunteering at the Newton Free Library. These volunteers will learn about practices that have been shown to improve a student’s communication and literacy skills.
Below is an excerpt from the program of the workshop:
The rewards of improved intelligibility are many: enhanced career and educational opportunities or advancement, improved social evaluation, less learner frustration. Fortunately, the communication needs of ESOL learners can be effectively addressed through informed instruction.
This workshop offers a framework for mutual intelligibility: the ability of ESOL learners to understand to be understood. The workshop provides guidance in setting priorities as well as reproducible materials and empirically-supported, practical methods that have been demonstrated to result in improvement that genuinely makes a difference in communication.