Lesson 10 - Tutoring English Language Learners Illinois State Library

Using Understandable Speech Strategies

Martha is a tutor working with an English language learner. In this tutoring session, Martha wants the learner to hear the difference with the "flapped /t/ sound." As Martha introduces the English word "letter", she takes the time to pronounce the word carefully. She repeats a sentence she has said and in repeating slows down and says the syllables very deliberately. She says the word let-ter very slowly so that the difference between in meaning between "letter" and "let her (do it)" are clear to the learner.

This tutor is aware that understandable speech is essential.