About a third of each class will provide a background on the science of language so we understand the reasons behind what we are doing. This workshops are especially useful for language teachers.
The principles and methods of this class can be taught to complete beginners. It is far easy to learn proper pronunciation as a beginner. However, because I will explaining underlying concepts in English, you should have good conversational skills. In class, you can help each other understand understand concepts by speaking to each other in Chinese.
This approach is for adult learners. The current workshops are tailored for those who speak Mandarin as a first language.
The only cost is the rental fee for the room, copying costs, and perhaps a taxi fee for me if it is raining hard. The room fee depends on the place the organizers choose.
1) A small handheld mirror for looking at your mouth. This will help you become aware of how you make sounds.
2) Hand sanitizer. You will be touching your face.
3) Notepad. You will be sitting in chairs without a desk or table.
*Note on masks: We will not be wearing masks. We will sit in a semi-circle so we can clearly see each other’s mouths. Please be aware of this and the current state of government regulations.
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I am an internationally published novelist with a degree in performance art and a master’s in neuroscience. I have developed this approach working with ESL students in Vietnam.