Refer students for intensive pronunciation tutoring! If you’ve got ESL students you struggle to understand, or international students who are extremely quiet and very reticent about speaking, refer them to the WP ESL Pronunciation Tutoring.
In fall of 2015, we had 14 tutors working in small groups with students—the same group of students and tutor for six weeks throughout the semester. We began with 48 students attending and ended with 36 having attended all or nearly all of the sessions. Rather than being an “accent reduction” course, the sessions attempted to help students work on the fundamentals of English rhythm, stress, and intonation, which are considered to be key for increasing their intelligibility.
Tutorials take place at the CAS Writing Center or in another room in the Center for Student Services (100 Bay State Road).